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Law & Disorder: Second-degree murder plea in stabbing, decapitation of mother

Posted: August 7, 2014 - 9:03pm
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8/6/14 -- Bert French, 56, of Jacksonville is charged with two counts of keeping a gambling house, two counts of operating a lottery and possession of a slot machine. It followed raids by Jacksonville authorities in July 2014 at two Westside businesses, Senior Social Ash One and Senior Social Ash Two. (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)
8/6/14 -- Bert French, 56, of Jacksonville is charged with two counts of keeping a gambling house, two counts of operating a lottery and possession of a slot machine. It followed raids by Jacksonville authorities in July 2014 at two Westside businesses, Senior Social Ash One and Senior Social Ash Two. (Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

A Jacksonville man who decapitated his mother after stabbing her in April 2010 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Jumar D. Henry, 25, killed 43-year-old Jennifer Ling-Henry inside her West Sixth Street home, then cut her head off, took out the eyeballs and put the head in a black garbage bag before throwing it over a backyard fence, according to Times-Union archives.

Henry was committed to a state mental hospital after being declared incompetent by a judge. A psychiatrist found him competent last September, according to court records.

Prosecutors had originally filed a first-degree murder charge and were seeking the death penalty, according to court records.

After Henry pleaded guilty, Circuit Judge Tatiana Salvador sentenced him to 35 years in prison, according to the State Attorney’s Office. The office did not indicate a motive for the slaying.

Derek Gilliam

Sixth person held in gaming center sting

A sixth person was arrested Wednesday in an “Internet cafe” sting that was first announced by Sheriff John Rutherford in July.

Bert French, 56, of Jacksonville has been charged with two counts of keeping a gambling house, two counts of operating a lottery and possession of a slot machine, according to jail records.

Rutherford said in July two Westside businesses were operating illegal gambling operations using computers that simulated casino-style slot machines. Detectives won and lost money in the businesses in the 5200 block of Normandy Boulevard and the 4500 block of Blanding Boulevard.

Five employees were arrested at those two business, Senior Social Ash One and Senior Social Ash Two, when the bust was first announced.

French is in the Duval County jail in lieu of $210,000 bail.

Derek Gilliam

ST. JOHNS

Air, ground manhunt nets 2 New Yorkers

Two New York men are in custody in St. Johns County on charges of dealing in stolen property after a Wednesday manhunt involving ground and air units from multiple departments.

The hunt began about 7 a.m. when a Flagler County deputy found an abandoned Toyota Corolla on the northbound shoulder of Interstate 95 near mile marker 296. The car had been stolen during an armed robbery of a Domino’s Pizza delivery person in Broward County and apparently broken down, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

A State Attorney’s Office investigator traveling on I-95 had just called the Sheriff’s Office after he saw two men get out of the car and walk north. Their description was broadcast to authorities and they were eventually seen getting into a white van on I-95 north at the Flagler-St. Johns county line.

Deputies pulled it over, with the van’s driver saying he had been flagged down by the men and gave them a ride, unaware they were being sought, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tyshon Markese Renford, 23, and Keith E. Humphrey, 24, were arrested and are in the St. Johns County jail on no bail.

Dan Scanlan

Toddler dies after being pulled from pool

A 2-year-old boy has died after he was pulled from a swimming pool Thursday in western St. Johns County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The child was unconscious and not breathing before being taken to Flagler Hospital, where he was declared dead.

The toddler, whose name has not been released, was found in the pool in the 10000 block of Ebert Street in Flagler Estates shortly after 11:30 a.m. by his mother.

Investigators were told the boy was not seen for 10 minutes before he was found in the pool. Dispatchers gave the family lifesaving instructions until emergency personnel could arrive.

Rescuers who responded began lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful.

“At this point it appears accidental,” Sgt. Catherine Payne said. She said interviews and autopsy findings will be part of an investigation into the death.

Dana Treen

House fire battle shut down St. Johns roads

St. Johns County Fire Rescue battled a house fire that blocked the 2800 block of South Ponte Vedra Boulevard at Yellow Bill Lane for hours Thursday afternoon.

Everyone was evacuated from the home in the noontime blaze and no injuries were reported. But one firefighter was being checked due to heat exhaustion.

The fire department also had to call in mutual aid from several other agencies in the area. That forced the state road, which is only two lanes, to be shut down until about 3 p.m. because of the number of fire trucks gathered there.

Dan Scanlan

 
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