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By: Leon County Sheriff's Office; Bailey Myers; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Leon County Sheriff's Office; Bailey Myers; Lanetra Bennett Email
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UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
September 19, 2013

Roderick Jarmon was indicted today on charges of first degree murder.

Jarmon is accused of killing his girlfriend, Gema Herradora, at the couple's home on Stokley Lane last month.

Jarmon fled to Panama City and was arrested in a motel there a few days later.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
August 29, 2013

A man accused of killing his girlfriend and fleeing to Panama City has just been brought back to Tallahassee to face murder charges.

Roderick Jarmon was booked into the Leon County Jail just after 10 o'clock Wednesday night and made his first appearance before a judge this morning. He was ordered to be held without bond.

Jarmon is accused of killing 23 year old Gema Herradora at the couple's Stokley Lane home on Friday. Jarmon was caught at a motel in Callaway on Monday.

Prosecutors tell us the case will go before a grand jury next month and they do intend to file a notice to seek the death penalty against him.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
August 29, 2013

A man accused of killing his girlfriend and fleeing to Panama City has just been brought back to Tallahassee to face murder charges.

Court records show Roderick Jarmon was booked into the Leon County Jail just after 10 o'clock Wednesday night.

Jarmon is accused of killing 23 year old Gema Herradora at the couple's Stokley Lane home on Friday. He was caught at a motel in Callaway, Florida on Monday.

Court records show Jarmon will make his first appearance before a judge this morning.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
August 27, 2013

Leon County, FL - The Leon County Sheriff's Office has released new details in the murder of Gema Herradora.

Arrest papers indicate that neighbors saw Herradora and her boyfriend, Roderick Jarmon, in a heated argument in the front yard the night she was killed.

Witnesses told deputies that Jarmon punched Herradora in the head and she fell to the ground.

Court records show deputies found Herradora face down in the bathroom with cuts to her neck.

Witnesses say they saw Jarmon leaving the house with a suitcase and a co-worker told deputies Jarmon had borrowed his truck that night to move out of the couple's house on Stokley Lane.

Read the attached Probable Cause for more information.



UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
August 27, 2013

A Tallahassee man accused of killing his girlfriend will soon be brought back to face murder charges.

U.S. Marshals caught up with Roderick Jarmon in a Panhandle motel and he could be booked into the Leon County Jail as early as tomorrow.

Her four year old daughter was spotted wandering in the street alone and deputies would soon discover Gema Herrodora dead inside her home.

Three days later and 120 miles away, U.S. Marshals tracked her boyfriend Roderick Jarmon to his hometown of Panama City and ultimately knocked on the door of his room at the Holiday Inn Express in Callaway.

They say he was registered in his own name with his white Mitsubishi Gallant parked outside.

"When they checked that hotel, he'd been there and left, later returned and they were able to locate him and arrest him there at the hotel," U.S. Marshal Ed Spooner said. "It wa a pretty peaceful arrest."

Herrodora was found dead inside her home on Stokely Lane Friday night.

Deputies say they are checking to see if there is any history of violence in the couple's home.

Deputies are being tight lipped about how she was killed.

"The victim sustained several different types of injuries, however the medical examiner has not concluded at this time, what the official cause of death was," LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig said.

Herrodora was a 2008 graduate of Godby High School. Jenny Blair was her flag football and soccer coach there and says she saw Herrodora just last week.

"I smile because Gema was great. She had a contagious smile. She always made everybody laugh." Blair said.

She is grateful Jarmon is now under arrest.

"She was so young and this was such a tragic thing for so many people that I think finding him and eventually going through the justice system and you know, hopefully spending time for this will, you know, will provide the closure that we all need, especially her family needs," Blair said.

Deputies tell us Jarmon was Herrodora's boyfriend, but not the father of the four year old child. The little girl is now in the care of her grandparents.

We'll let you know when Jarmon is returned to Tallahassee.


Press Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office

Roderick Daman O’Brian Jarmon was taken into custody today in Bay County, Florida by the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. Leon County Sheriff’s Detectives obtained a 1st degree Murder warrant for Jarmon on August 24, 2013 after he was determined to be the suspect in the death of 23 year old Gema Herrodora. The victim was found in her home Friday evening after deputies responded to a call concerning Herrodora’s small child walking in the roadway near her residence unsupervised.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “The detectives have worked long and hard to gather all the evidence and ensure the best case is presented to the prosecution. Hopefully the victim’s family can begin the healing process now that the suspect has been apprehended. We are sincerely thankful to the US Marshals Florida Regional Task Force and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office for all of their hard work, professionalism and dedication in apprehending this violent fugitive.”

US Marshal Ed Spooner stated, “The partnership between the US Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office ensured that Roderick Jarmon would not escape justice simply by fleeing from Leon County”. Marshal Spooner commended the dedication and hard work of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Bureau in identifying Jarmon as the lead suspect in this case.


Press Release: Bay County Sheriff's Office

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office, working with the US Marshal’s Northwest Florida Fugitive Task Force, arrested a man today in Callaway wanted for murder in Leon County, Florida.

On August 24, 2013, information was received from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office that Roderick Damon O’Brian Jarmon, DOB 6/16/84, of Tallahassee, was wanted for a murder that occurred on August 23, 2013, in Leon County. Jarmon had ties to Bay County and may have fled to Panama City.

Information was developed that Jarmon was staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Callaway. Contact was made with Jarmon at the hotel and he was apprehended without incident. Jarmon will be turned over to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.


By Lanetra Bennett
August 26, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A child wandering in the street leads to the discovery of her mother's body inside a Tallahassee home.

The man who lived with them is now wanted for murder.

Tallahassee resident Casey Shaw says, "This is the first I've heard of it."

When Shaw heard that a neighbor two houses down was found dead, he wasn't too surprised. He says, "I hate to say it, but, if I was going to guess any house that would happen to, it would have to be them."

Neighbors say they found 23-year-old Gema Herrodora's young daughter wandering in the road Friday.

Leon County deputies say when they arrived at 2909 Stokley Lane just before 7 pm, they found Herrodora inside of the home dead.

Authorities have not revealed how the woman died. Deputies tell us they are still awaiting autopsy results.

Deputies are not releasing any more details.

Bruce Plummer lives in the neighborhood where Herrodora died. He says, "Very frightening that something would happen like this around this neighborhood because we take care of each other in this neighborhood. It's sad. It saddens me."

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Roderick Jarmon for Herrodora's murder.

Neighbors say the couple lived in the home together.

Shaw says, "That's the house that's always been up to some weird stuff. I've seen their car parked with the door opened and the lights on the car. It's been sitting out there for hours and I'd go up and I'd knock and tell them, hey, your car is open and unlocked. I've closed it for them and there were times I didn't feel like approaching them at 2:00 a.m."

Referring to Herrodora's murder, Shaw says, "It's a shame. You can't put it any other way."


By: Bailey Myers
August 25, 2013

Tallahassee FL- A murder suspect is on the loose after a woman was found dead in her home.

"I went up-- approached her and I said where's mommy and daddy and she said gone," explained one of the neighbors Rosa Twyman who saw a little girl outside a Tallahassee home.

A child wandering Stokley Lane was found by neighbors Friday evening. When Leon County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call they found the child's mother 23-year-old Gema Herrodora dead inside her home.

Another neighbor, Craig Riegsecker said, "At first I thought that someone was hurt but then I didn't see any ambulances or anything..."

By Saturday afternoon the house was vacant and a bio-hazard notification was the last thing indicating an investigation was underway. Investigators now have an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Roderick Daman O'Brian Jarmon. He is approximately five ten, 160 pounds. And has tattoos on his right arm. He is also believed to be driving a white 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant. His license plate number is AXJY65.

Neighbors told eyewitness news some had witness Jarmon arguing with Herrodora earlier Friday afternoon. But now neighbors and loved ones have lit candles on the front stoop of this home... honoring the life that is now lost.

Twyman said, "Disbelief...I just cannot believe it." Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Roderick Jarmon should contact crime stoppers. The number is listed 850-574-8477.



Update: Murder on Stokley Lane

On August 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2909 Stokley Lane in reference to a small child found wandering in the roadway unsupervised.

Deputies entered the residence looking for someone to supervise the child and discovered a deceased female. Detectives
have identified the female victim as 23 year old Gema Herrodora, the child’s mother.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, canvassed the neighborhood, conducted interviews and collected evidence from the scene.

Detectives have determined the female’s death to be a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Violent Crimes Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for 29 year old Roderick Daman O’Brian Jarmon in this investigation. Jarmon may be operating a White 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant with Florida
License # AXJY65.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Roderick Daman O’Brian Jarmon is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477).

Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information. You could be eligible for
up to a $1,000.00 reward.


Leon County Sheriff's Office

On August 23, 2013 at 6:50 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2909 Stokley Lane in reference to a small child found wandering in the roadway unsupervised.

Deputies entered the
residence looking for someone to supervise the child and discovered a deceased female.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene, canvassed the
neighborhood, conducted interviews and collected evidence from the scene.

Detectives have determined the female’s death to be a homicide.
An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Additional information will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at (850)
922-3300 or Crime Stoppers at (850) 574-TIPS (8477). Remember, Crime Stoppers does not want
your name, just your information. You could be eligible for up to a $1,000.00 reward.


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