12-Year-Old Arrested In ‘Spontaneous’ Killing Of Jacksonville Homeless Man

Video from two stores in the center showed two youths there about 2:25 a.m. then run behind the buildings about six minutes later with their shirts over their heads, Townsend’s arrest report said. The 16-year-old said it was him and Townsend and that the 12-year-old shot the man. Trent was found in a parking lot. Townsend, whose address was listed on Portsmouth Avenue in the Sherwood Forest area of Jacksonville, has a prior burglary arrest. Neighbors there said he and his family had only lived in that neighborhood for two or three months. A “horrible, spontaneous event” is how Butler described the killing. Police have not recovered a weapon. The motive in the shooting early that morning is unclear, he said.

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