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Tallahassee teen facing adult charges in connection to fatal shooting on Keith Street

Posted at 12:47 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 12:47:28-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 16-year-old is facing adult second degree murder charges after officers connected him to a fatal shooting on Keith Street.

According to court documents, officers responded to a call regarding a suspicious person followed by gunshots on Keith Street on April 3.

When officers arrived on scene, they noticed a running vehicle with a victim in the driver's seat. The victim had been shot numerous times.

Investigators say two cell phones were in his lap and a third phone and a gun was at his feet. They also found a counterfeit $100 bill in the backseat with the words "ONLY MOTION PICTURE PURPOSES" written on it.

Numerous shell casings were found in the passenger seat, which investigators say indicted that the shooter may have been sitting in the backseat.

Documents say the victim was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare where he was pronounced deceased.

During the investigation, officers were able to identify and interview witnesses about the incident.

Witnesses stated that while they were outside, they heard multiple gunshots and saw a juvenile standing on the driver's side of the victim's vehicle. Witnesses also told police that after the shots, one suspect was seen running cross a nearby field while the other was crouched down behind the vehicle holding a gun.

Later during the investigation, one of the suspects was identified as 16-year-old Jhadyn King.

During a search of King's house, investigators found the same counterfeit $100 bill with the words "ONLY MOTION PICTURE PURPOSES" written on it.

During an interview at the Tallahassee Police Department, King stated that one of his acquaintances used his phone to arrange a meeting to purchase marijuana.

Documents say King denied knowing that the other suspect had any intent to do a violent crime.

While King was walking on Keith Street, he told investigators that he heard several gunshots and saw his acquaintance running away from the victim's vehicle with about ounce of marijuana.

Investigators say King admitted that after the shooting, he and the other juvenile met up with each other at a laundromat.

While there, King said the other unidentified suspect explained the incident to King and told him how he shot the victim.

Documents say King also received three grams of marijuana from the shooting suspect.

Based on the evidence, King was arrested and transferred to the Juvenile Detention Center.

After further investigation, the State Attorney's Office ordered that King be transferred into the Leon County Detention Facility and charged as an adult. As of Thursday, King is being held in jail without bond for second degree murder.