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Victims In Double Homicide Identified

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News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
May 14, 2014 - 3pm

The victims from the double homicide have been identified below. The investigation has revealed that they were homeless and had befriended the arrestees. They were living in the wooded area across the street from the St. Marks Trail, with the arrestees.

Jason R. Coshatt W/M 2/17/1985
At large

Lynette L. Lee W/F 8/20/1992
At large


By: Andy Alcock
May 13, 2014 - 7pm

Amanda Cannon loaded her bike into her vehicle Tuesday at a parking lot near Woodville Highway and Capital Circle after a trip along the St. Marks Trail.

Like many people, Amanda rides her bike, jogs and walks along the trail.

On Monday morning, when Amanda, who ironically is the staff director of the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, arrived at the parking lot, it was blocked off by police.

"And they said it was a crime scene and they told me where I could park, they told me that the trail was open and they had apprehended a suspect," Amanda said.

Right across Woodville Highway from the parking lot, police found the body of a man and a woman in the woods buried in trash next to a tent.

Police say 43 year old Jennifer Ellis and 32 year old Joseph Oakes who are homeless lived in the tent.

Court records show Oakes confessed to beating both the man and woman to death with a hammer and cutting off the man's foot with a machete because of a perceived slight of his ex-wife who is also Ellis' sister.

"It's a little unnerving," said trail user Mark Northcutt. "I hope there's not much intersection between that night time crowd and the day time bike riders," he said.

"I feel relatively safe and I hope people who frequent this lovely place continue to come," Amanda said.

A police spokesman tells us there is no public safety threat because of this double murder case.

However, he also says investigators have not yet identified the bodies of the murder victims.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tallahassee Police.


News Release: TPD
May 12, 2014 - 8:30pm

On 5/12/14 The Tallahassee Police Department with assistance from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the area of the St. Marks Trail head and found two victims deceased from apparent homicide. The following suspects have been arrested in connection with these murders:

Joseph S. Oakes w/m
No local address
See attached Probable Cause

Jennifer R. Ellis w/f
No local address
See attached Probable Cause

If you have any information about this crime, please contact TPD at 606-5800 or Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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