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McBride Found Guilty in Murder of Young Tallahassee Mother

By: Matt Galka; Julie Montanaro Email
By: Matt Galka; Julie Montanaro Email
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By: Garin Flowers

Family and friends of Jarvis McBride left the courtroom emotional as the judge read a guilty verdict.

It hit them even more when the judge said it carries an automatic life sentence in prison.

Mcbride who is accused of shooting and killing Ashleigh Jacobs, sat emotionless.

"I’m very pleased with it," Jack Campbell, Prosecuting Attorney, said. "I’m happy that the jury was able to understand the evidence as well they did."

The trial for McBride started Tuesday and ended around 5 p.m. Wednesday. There were more than 20 people who testified, but the defense only had one witness. The defense tried to prove there were more people than just McBride and Jacobs in the car before she was murdered.

"The citizens of Leon County, the people who interacted with these two folks during that fateful night being willing to come forth and tell the truth about what they saw and explain how they saw them and where they were was able to bring some closure for this family," Campbell said.

Prosecutors say McBride shot Jacobs seven times off of Gum Road last year in March.

Video of a fight between the two, prosecutors say, helped lead to a conviction.

"Quickly resolving these cases both for the strength of the evidence and for the victim's family is a priority," Campbell said.

Ashleigh Jacobs leaves behind several family members and a daughter who is a little more than a year old.


By: Garin Flowers
Apr. 24, 2013, 6:11 p.m.

Today a jury decided the fate of a man accused of fatally shooting a young Tallahassee mother last year.

They found Jarvis McBride guilty of first degree murder.

There was much evidence and even video that was part of the state's case against McBride.

The jury took just a couple hours to deliberate, then came back in the courtroom with a verdict of guilty.

A first degree murder charge is an automatic life in prison sentence.

There were more than 20 people who testified in this court case, but the defense's only witness was James Winston, who was cut off by the car Ashleigh Jacobs was murdered in while he was on his way to work that morning.

The defense tried to prove that there were more people than just McBride and Jacobs in the car before she was murdered.


By: Garin Flowers
Apr. 24, 2013, 4:45 p.m.

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Jarvis McBride has been found guilty in the March 2012 murder of Ashleigh Jacobs.

As per state statute on the first degree murder charge, he has been sentenced to life in prison.


By: Matt Galka
2:30pm

Tallahassee, FL - Closing arguments have begun in the trial of Jarvis McBride, accused of murdering Ashleigh Jacobs in March of 2012.


By: Matt Galka
11:44 am

Tallahassee, FL - The defense called James Winston as a witness. Winston was on his way to work when the car Jacobs was later found in swerved in front of him. He could not confirm how many people were in the car, but said there were at least two in the front.

Both sides have no more witnesses and the jury will return from break at 1:30. McBride will not testify.

The Judge said to the jury, "Please let people know you may be late this evening, we intend to finish this tonight."


By: Matt Galka
10:51 am

Tallahassee, FL - LCSO Detective John Simpson testified that he was an investigator at the crime scene at the time of Jacobs' death. Simpson said he found keys and a firearm using a metal detector off of Hatle Trace, about 300 yards from where the body was found.

Jeff Foggy from FDLE is currently testifying. He is a firearms expert who examined the firearm that was found. He showed the jury the gun, a .22 caliber revolver, and is now being asked about the bullets recovered from Jacobs' body and if they could have come from the gun that was recovered.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest updates.


By: Matt Galka

Tallahassee, FL - Dr. Anthony J. Clark, the medical examiner for Ashleigh Jacobs, is currently testifying. Dr. Clark said that Jacobs suffered 7 gunshot wounds, with the fatal one coming through her back and causing "massive wounds" to her lung and heart.

Dr. Clark said Jacobs could have survived the other gunshot wounds. He showed the jury Jacobs' autopsy photos and diagrammed each bullet wound.

Stay with Eyewitness News for the latest updates.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
April 23, 2013 6:25pm

A Tallahassee woman's fight for her life was captured on surveillance video.

Jarvis McBride is accused of ending that fight with five bullets. His murder trial started today

Wade Wilson was one of the last people to see Ashleigh Jacobs alive. He testified she showed up at a gathering spot called the chicken shack with Jarvis McBride and two other men that night in March 2012.

"I said you don't need to be messing with these guys, they're up to no good, you need go home," Wilson testified.

He said Jacobs was pretty tipsy and he even considered driving her home himself.

"I just wish I would have given her a ride home, but ... " he said on the stand.

He recognized Jacob's face on the news a couple days later.

"I seen it on the news and I was like, 'I know this girl, I know this girl' and I kept looking and I said that's the young lady I helped and I said I hope this guy didn't shoot the guy ... shoot the girl," Jacobs testified.

Jarvis McBride is accused of shooting Ashleigh Jacobs five times.

Prosecutors say McBride's DNA is even under her fingernails.

Prosecutors contend the struggle was caught on tape by surveillance cameras at the entrance to the Leon County trash transfer station.

They played the tape which shows a car pull up, two doors open and shadowy figures get out.

But there are gaps in the tape because only the motion of passing cars triggers it to record.

Defense attorneys say there's no way to prove who is on that tape and contend more than two people got out of the car.

"Was Jarvis McBride present in that vehicle? Yes. Were there other people present in that vehicle? Yes," defense attorney Chuck Collins told the jury in his opening arguments.

"Would you say that there could have possibly been three people exiting that vehicle?" Collins asked investigator Brock Dietz who magnified the video in hopes of making it easier to see.

"I have no idea with the video quality," Dietz said shaking his head.
"I would say definitely two."

"But you can't exclude three, right?"

"I cannot."

McBride's cousins both admit to being in Jacobs car earlier in the night, but testified Jacobs and McBride left the chicken shack together - alone - and never came back.

Testimony will resume in the morning. We'll let you know when the jury starts deliberating.


Updated by Julie Montanaro
April 23, 2013 noon

A worker at the Leon County trash transfer station says he was flagged down on Gum Road by a man who turned out to be deaf and mute. He says the man wrote him a note that said "lady" and 'blood."

Terrance Carter says the man pointed him to a car in the driveway. He testified one of the windows was down part way and when he looked inside he saw a woman's body. He called 911.

The trash transfer station supervisor says there are surveillance cameras at the entrance, but he said the time stamp is off and the system only records when cars go by.

The videotape clearly shows a car pull into the driveway and shadowy figures get out.


Updated by Julie Montanaro
April 23, 11:30am

Wade Wilson was at the chicken shack that night. He said Ashleigh Jacobs was "pretty tipsy."

He testified she fell and scraped her knee and he got her some antibiotic cream from his car.

Wilson testified he told her she didn't need to be "messed up with these guys. They're up to no good. You need to go home."

Wilson said he thought she left alone, but was surprised to learn that McBride went with her. He says no one else went with them.

Wilson said he thought about driving her home himself, but did not. "I wish I did," he said.

Wilson said when he saw Ashleigh Jacobs picture on the news in the next few days, he said "I know this girl." He said he hoped that guy didn't end up shooting her.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
10:30am

Lance Dickey and Jeremy Williams are Jarvis McBride's cousins. Both testified that they met McBride and Ashleigh Jacobs on Tower Road that night in March 2012.

Dickey says Jacobs was too drunk to drive so he started driving her car and they went to a gathering spot off Lake Bradford Road called the chicken shack.

Both men testified that Jacobs sat in the car alone for awhile and when she got out she stumbled and scraped her knee. Jeremy Williams said he gave her a sweat rag he carried with him to clean it up. He says he never got it back.

Would you be surprised to know your DNA is on it? The prosecutor asked.

"No, it's mine," Williams said.

Both men testified that Jacobs and McBride left the chicken shack together in her car but never came back to get them.

Both Dickey and Williams testified they wound up meeting up with their cousin David Miller and riding around with him on his paper route. They testified he dropped them off at McBrides home on Nekoma Lane around sun up.

Williams testified McBride was home.

Williams and Dickey denied ever going to Gum Road that night.

David Miller testified he got about five calls from Jarvis McBride that night asking for a ride. He said McBride was down near Gum Road. He said he could not pick him up because he had to have all the papers delivered by 6 am.


UPDATED by Julie Montanaro
April 23, 2013 9:30am

Jarvis McBride is now on trial for the murder of Ashleigh Jacobs.

Prosecutors contend Jacobs went to a party at her friend's house on Nekoma Lane and met McBride outside. They say the two went to buy cocaine and her friends never saw her again.

Prosecutors contend McBride shot her five times with a 22. She was found dead inside her car the next morning. It was parked in the driveway of the trash transfer station.

The prosecutor says the surveillance cameras there are motion activated and captured a man and a woman fighting, but he says, you cannot make out their faces.

Prosecutors say McBride's DNA is on a red beanie cap found in her car and under Ashleigh Jacob's fingernails.

Prosecutors say they followed McBride's girlfriend to a road off Gum Road and found a 22 and the keys to Jacob's car.

The defense attorney admits McBride was in the car that night, but says two other men were too. He says one of other men's DNA was found in the car. The defense contends the surveillance video will show multiple people getting out of that car.

The defense attorney says there is no DNA evidence linking McBride to the gun.


UPDATED 4.22.2013 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is poised to stand trial for murder and that murder may have been caught on tape.

26 year old Ashleigh Jacobs was found shot to death in her car in March 2012.

Jarvis McBride will go on trial for Jacobs' murder tomorrow. Attorneys chose a jury today.

Jacobs' car was found parked near the entrance to the trash transfer station on Gum Road. That area is monitored by surveillance cameras and prosecutors intend to play that video for the jury.

Last week, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in this case.

We'll keep you updated on the testimony and the verdict.


UPDATED 5.22.2012 by Julie Montanaro

The state will seek the death penalty against Jarvis McBride.

McBride is accused of shooting and killing Ashleigh Jacobs in March.

A passerby found her body in a car parked outside the Leon County trash transfer station. Deputies say she had been shot to death.

Prosecutor Jack Campbell says he filed his notice of intent to seek the death penalty after a grand jury indicted McBride for first degree murder.


By Garin Flowers
Tallahassee, Florida - March 23, 2012

The search for clues in the murder of a young Tallahassee mother took another step today. Investigators worked all day hoping to find more evidence at the Gum Road crime scene.

Deputies already arrested the man they believe murdered 26 year old Ashleigh Jacobs. They came out here to the crime scene early this morning, hoping to gather more evidence for their case.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office isn't quite done with their investigation into the murder of 26-year-old Ashleigh Jacobs.

Tony Drzewiecki of the Leon County Sheriff;s Office says, "We've made an arrest in the case, but the investigation still continues. There's still a lot of things that need to be done."

LCSO teamed up with Florida Fish and Wildlife officers. Their search dogs are known for finding evidence. One thing they are still searching for is the gun used in the crime.

"We're looking for any evidence that may be tied to this homicide and of course that would be one of the things we are looking for."

Jarvis McBride is accused of shooting Jacobs and locking her body in her own car. Deputies say he shot her repeatedly in the back and head at close range. Investigators found McBride's DNA in her car and under her fingernails. Detectives believe she fought for her life. That struggle was caught on surveillance cameras at the trash transfer station.

Corey Squires works across the street from the crime scene. He says he was a friend of Jacobs'.

Squires says, "She was a good girl, I know she didn't deserve nothing like this, I mean nobody does."

He's glad deputies are putting more work into this case.

"I'm happy that the found the guy and I'm happy they are out here right now trying to find more clues."

"You know anything that can speak for Ashleigh Jacobs, she's not here to do it, so any evidence we find speaks for her."

Deputies arrested McBride a little less than a week after the murder.
He is being held in Leon County Jail without bond.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 23, 2012 - Noon

Investigators are searching for clues in the murder of a 26-year-old Tallahassee woman. They've been at the murder scene all morning.

Asheligh Jacobs' body was found on Gum Road on March 10th near the trash tranfer station.

Investigators have been in the area since about 9:30 this morning. Deputies have already arrested the man they suspect shot and killed the young mother, but they're still looking for the gun used in that murder and anything else to make their case stronger.

Jarvis McBride is accused of shooting Jacobs and locking her body in her own car. The autopsy shows she was shot repeatedly in the back and head at close range. Investigators found McBride's DNA in her car and under her fingernails. Detectives believe she fought for her life. That struggle was caught on surveillance cameras at the trash transfer station 50 yards away.

We'll have an update in our evening newscasts on any possible finds out here and hear from one of Jacobs' friends.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - March 23, 2012 -

Deputies are searching for clues in the Ashleigh Jacobs murder.

We will have much more on the investigation later on Eyewitness News.


UPDATED 3.21.2012 by Julie Montanaro

The Leon County Sheriff's Office today released a copy of the 911 call that brought them to the scene of Ashleigh Jacob's murder.

The caller peeked through the window of her car and described in painful detail what he saw.

The 911 call came in at 7:03 on a Saturday morning. An employee arriving for work at the trash transfer station March 10th looked into the window of a green Lincoln and called the law.

Operator: "911"

Caller: "Yes, ma'am"

Operator: "How can I help you?"

Caller: "We just found a lady. It looks like she's been shot in the back."

Operator: "Okay."

Caller: "She's slumped over in the car, ma'am."

Operator: "Is she awake?"

Caller: "I don't think so, ma'am."

Operator: "Do you think she's alive?"

Caller: "I don't think so."

The 911 call continues for about three and a half minutes.

Operator: "Are you able to check her for a pulse?"

Caller: "I'm telling you now, this lady's not breathing. I'm leaning in the back window, looking at her ..."

Operator: "Uh huh."

Caller: "She's not breathing, ma'am."

Deputies identified the woman as 26 year old Ashleigh Jacobs. They arrested Jarvis McBride for her murder five days later.

The 911 call could help deputies to further pinpoint Jacob's time of death, but it is not entirely clear who found her body.

The 911 caller appears to be conferring with someone else on scene who told him the car had been there for hours.

Caller: "The car was here last night? Okay."

Operator: "It was there last night?"

Caller: "Yeah, the guy's telling me that, um, the car was here last night about 1:30 and he says now this morning it was still here."

LCSO did not release the name of the caller and would not comment on who initially found the body.

*** Note *** Click on the Video entitled "Full Release of 911 Tape in Murder of Ashleigh Jacobs" to hear full 911 call.


Tallahassee, FL - March 17, 2012

Family of Ashleigh Jacobs Releases Official Statement

Our family has chosen not to talk to the media out of respect for the investigation. At this point, we feel the overwhelming need to say a couple of things. We are Ashleigh’s family, we love her, we are proud of her, she was an incredible mommy to Lydia. She was devoted to her, and Lydia to her mommy. Ashleigh as a person was kind, loving, and truly one of the least judgmental people. Ashleigh never claimed to be perfect. She had made mistakes in her life; she would be the first to tell you about them.

We had the privilege of watching her grow into a woman and mother. We always knew she would be a good one. She was a natural mother hen. Ashleigh wanted a better life for herself. She recently said Motherhood was the best thing that ever happened to her. Please know, not only has Ashleigh left behind Lydia, but she also left a sister and a 13 year old brother…and they, along with the rest of us, have had to read the things written about her. Why should we, as a family, feel the need to defend the VICTIM?? Let me be very clear…she is the VICTIM…she was MURDERED. We have not heard the results of the toxicology report. For us, it is not, nor will be relevant. She did not deserve to be MURDERED. We are just asking you all to please hold off on all the judgment. This is not about being black, white, or drugs…this is about MURDER. We as a society look up to celebrities…singers…sports figures… just look at how public their drug use is…and yet, they continue to be our “stars” and “hero’s”. Here, in Tallahassee, a young mother is MURDERED…. in our town, and some people, for some reason, think that if she had done drugs, she deserved to be MURDERED? Doing drugs does not make anyone less of a person; it does not make a family love that person less. Doing drugs do not define a person.

Ashleigh worked really hard when she was pregnant, she saved money so when the baby came she could stay at home and be a mommy and she did a wonderful job with her. She was with Lydia 24/7…it was so rare for her to go out. Ashleigh never wanted to leave Lydia. She had to be encouraged to go and take an evening for herself…and on the rare occasion she did go out, Lydia was left with her Grandma. Lydia’s daddy is a hard worker. They both wanted Lydia to have better and their goal was to make it happen. They were trying to provide the best life possible for their little girl. Ashleigh had such a gentle soul…the fact that she was involved in such a violent physical altercation….shows us, she was fighting for her life. That is an image a family does not want to even imagine. ‘he’ must have been trying to do something really bad to her. It is pure evil…heartless…

Please, remember, Ashleigh is a MURDER VICTIM. We ask that you all continue to pray with and for all of us. Ashleigh fought for her life and we will fight for justice for her. Ashleigh’s life meant something to a lot of people. I can assure everyone of you, we would have never thought something like this would happen to our family….we are here to tell you, let this be a lesson…it can happen to yours. For those of you sending kind words and prayers….please keep them coming. We need strength. God Bless All of you.


UPDATED 3.16.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is now under arrest for the murder of Ashleigh Jacobs.

Jarvis McBride is accused of shooting her repeatedly and locking her body in her own car.

Jarvis McBride is no stranger to trouble. Leon County court records show he's been arrested nine times and done a stint in state prison.

Witnesses spotted him with Jacobs at a party earlier in the night and it was his DNA that detectives say put him at the scene of the crime on Gum Road.

Arrest papers say Ashleigh Jacobs was found slumped over in the front seat of her car. Autopsy reports say Jacobs was shot repeatedly in the back and head at close range.

Detectives say Jacobs fought for her life. The struggle was caught on surveillance cameras at the trash transfer station about 50 yards away.

But the key to solving this crime was DNA the killer left at the crime scene. FDLE says it matches the DNA of 30 year old Jarvis McBride.

"The DNA evidence found in the vehicle on the scene (a cap left inside the car) and under the victim's fingernails was crucial to linking the two together," said LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig.

McBride lives at 1845 Nekoma Court and witnesses say he met Jacobs at a party down the street the night she was murdered.

Neighbors saw deputies surrounding McBride's house Thursday night.

"They drawed their guns out and everything and then they went and banged on the door and they said 'search warrant," Melinda Jefferson said.

Now they know why deputies were there.

"We had a murderer living among us, but we are just thankful to God that he's off the streets now," Jefferson said.

"It's a little bit unsettling knowing it was so close," said neighbor Jud Bagley.

"It's shocking. It's hard to sleep at night knowing someone who was so close killed someone," another neighbor said.

McBride told deputies that he and Jacobs left the party on Nekoma Court and went to buy $30 worth of cocaine.

He says they stopped at a Circle K to buy cigarettes and then Jacobs dropped him off at his home.

McBride denied killing her and had no explanation for the DNA beneath her fingernails.

"It's crucial in that it speaks for our victim, who can no longer speak for herself," LT McQuaig said of the DNA evidence.

McBride is being held without bond in the Leon County Jail.

Detectives say they are still searching for the murder weapon and some of Jacobs' belongings.

They also aren't sure of the motive.


UPDATED 3.16.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Jarvis McBride made his first appearance before a judge just before 9 o'clock this morning.

The judge ordered him to be held without bond and appointed him a public defender.

A check of Leon County court records shows McBride has been arrested nine times since 2000. That includes arrests for burglary, aggravated battery, marijuana possession and sale of crack cocaine.

Department of Corrections records show that McBride served three years of a six year prison sentence for burglary and was released in 2008.

LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig says Jacobs and McBride had been seen together earlier in the evening and forensic evidence tied McBride to the scene.

McQuaig says the motive for the murder is still unclear and he would not comment on whether detectives have recovered the murder weapon.


Arrest/Probable Cause

The undersigned certifies and swears that he/she has just and reasonable grounds to believe, and does believe that the above named Defendant on Saturday March 10TH 2012, at approximately 00:00, at 4900 GUM RD. did the following violation of law:

On 3-10-20 12 I responded to the Leon County Trash Transfer Station located at 4900 Gum Rd. after receiving information that an unknown white female was found dead at that location. Upon arrival I made contact with Deputy Steve Barrow and Deputy Mike Hutto. It was explained to me that they received this call for service at approximately 0706 hrs. Upon arrival they approached a green vehicle parked in the entrance to the Transfer Station. Deputy Barrow stated that he saw a white female (later identified as Ashleigh Diane Jacobs) slumped over in the driver seat. He saw a gunshot wound in the back of the white female. Deputy Barrow checked to see if the female was alive and she was not. The scene was secured and the Crime Scene Unit along with the Violent Crimes Unit was notified.

Crime Scene Det. Pat Lyons told me that the driver~,s door, both front and back passenger doors were locked with the windows closed. The passenger door behind the driver door was unlocked with the window opened half way down. A search around the car and towards the entrance of the Transfer Station was conducted. During the search a woman's earring was found lying on the ground. Evidence collected at the scene establishes a violent struggle took place between the occupants.

The Crime Scene Unit continued to collect evidence and document the scene. Once that was done Parkway Wrecker Service and Tillrnan Funeral Home responded. Tillman Funeral Home transported the white female to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Morgue escorted by Deputy Hutto and Deputy Barrow. Det. Dave Farcas was present when Medical Examiner, Dr. Anthony Clark conducted an autopsy on Ms. Ashleigh Jacobs where evidence was collected. The autopsy demonstrated that the victim had been shot multiple times in the back and head. Some of these were at extremely close range as stippling was present. Furthermore, swabbings and cuttings of the victim's fingernails were collected to see if the attacker's DNA may have been left during the fight.

Parkway Wrecker Services towed the car to the Leon County Sheriffj,s Office escorted by Det. Justin Vann. The car was secured in the Leon County Sheriff's Office secured storage facility until a Search Warrant was executed.

On 03/10/12 the search warrant for the vehicle was executed. Evidence was obtained from the vehicle and evidence from the autopsy was sent to FDLE lab for analysis.

On 03/14/12 I received information from the FDLE Lab that there was a CODIS hit from some of the evidence sent to the lab. The CODIS hit was from a person named in the system identified as Jarvis McBride. The DNA recovered from under the victim's fingernails was found to match that of Jarvis McBride. A knit cap in the car was also found to contain DNA coming from Jarvis McBride.

On 3-15-12 I met with Mr. Jarvis McBride. During the Post Miranda interview Mr. McBride stated that he saw Ms. Ashleigh Jacobs in the area of Nekoma Ct. on the night of her death. He said he did not know her prior to this night. He explained that he was outside his residence at 1845 Nekoma Ct. smoking a cigarette. Ms. Jacobs approached him after speaking to another unknown black male asking if he had any powder cocaine to sell. He told her that he did not, but knew how to get some. She agreed and he stated that he drove her out to his mother's house located at 4500 John Boy Ln. Mr. McBride stated that he bought a twenty dollar baggie of powder cocaine and she bought a ten dollar baggie of powder cocaine. He explained that after receiving the cocaine they drove away with Ms. Jacobs driving. They stopped by the Circle K store to buy cigarettes before Mr. McBride was dropped off at his residence. Mr. McBride stated that once he got out of the car he went inside the residence where he stayed for the rest of the night.

I asked if he and Ms. Jacobs got into an argument or a disagreement of any kind. He told me ~ He explained that they did not have any type of fight or any type of physical contact. I asked if they had sex and was told ~ I asked if he wore a knit cap and was told ~ His accounts of their interactions during this night are directly contrary to the physical evidence found on scene and fail to account for his DNA being under her fingernails.

I explained that evidence was recovered from Ms. Jacobs' car and on her body that came back to him. Mr. McBride stuck to his story that he did nothing to Ms. Jacobs and that they only did cocaine together. He stated that after she dropped him off he went inside his residence and stayed there the rest of the night.

Mr. McBride's story of the events that took place does not match the physical evidence that was recovered from the body and the scene. It is also contrary to witness statements obtained during the investigation. Other witnesses have explained that Ms Jacobs' was seen leaving a friend's party in the company of a man consistent with McBrides' description who wore a knit cap. The cap found in the car matches this description. Further, the multiple gunshot wounds at close range and the evidence of a violent struggle demonstrate that the victim was killed during a violent attack. The Defendant has admitted to being with her on this night and has denied any plausible explanation of why his DNA would be under her nails. Thus, the evidence shows that he was the person who fought with her around that car and he was the person who eventually shot her repeatedly.


Detectives Arrest Man in Connection with Ashleigh Jacobs’ Murder
by LCSO Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - At 7:15 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the discovery of a deceased female in a vehicle near the entrance to the Leon County Transfer Station located at
4900 Gum Road. Detectives from the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence and detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit conducted interviews and canvassed the area.

Preliminary results from an autopsy performed Saturday afternoon have confirmed that the victim, 26 year old Ashleigh D. Jacobs, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Jacobs was discovered in her green
four-door Lincoln by a passerby who contacted LCSO and remained at the scene until deputies arrived.

Since Saturday morning, detectives have been conducting interviews, canvassing neighborhoods, processing evidence and reviewing video surveillance images in reference to Jacob’s death.

On Thursday, March 15, 2012, detectives established contact with Jarvis McBride, 30, after forensic evidence connected him to Jacobs and the crime scene. McBride was interviewed by detectives at the
Leon County Sheriff’s Office and taken to the Leon County Jail.

Sheriff Larry Campbell said, “The determination and professionalism of the detectives assigned to this investigation has resulted in McBride’s arrest within days of this crime being committed. Our thoughts continue to be with Ashleigh’s family and friends as they struggle through this difficult time.”

ARRESTED
Jarvis McBride
DOB: 121-28-1981
Charge: First Degree Murder


UPDATED 3.15.2012 by Julie Montanaro

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is not yet releasing the 911 call that led them to the scene of Ashleigh Jacobs' murder.

We filed a public records request for it, but that has been denied.

An LCSO spokesman says they are still trying to piece together the final hours of Jacobs' life.

They are not commenting on a possible motive right now and are not yet naming a suspect in her murder.

"This investigation has not narrowed its focus to one specific individual. We don't want to rush in and get tunnel vision on anything. We want to follow this evidence to where the evidence leads us," LT James McQuaig said.


UPDATED 3.13.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee murder may have been caught on camera.

Deputies are now reviewing surveillance video to see what it can tell them about the murder of 26 year old Ashleigh Jacobs.

Surveillance cameras could prove to be the only eyewitness to Ashleigh Jacobs' murder.

Deputies are reviewing the images now and hoping they can offer critical clues to who did it.

"We're evaluating the quality of that video. What is captured in that video to determine, you know, the quality of evidence that's going to produce," said LCSO Spokesman James McQuaig.

The cameras are posted at the entrance to the Leon County trash transfer station.

Jacobs was found dead in a car near a stop sign at the end of the driveway.

The cameras are about 50 yards away and a streetlight is even closer.

Folks who live nearby hope the surveillance video will help solve Jacobs murder fast.

"I'm hoping that they got something on the camera to get whoever done this because it's pretty messed up," Tim Hilbert said.

Did the killer act alone or have help? Did he or she walk away or get a ride? Investigators will not comment on the quality of the video and will not answer questions about what it does or doesn't
show.

"I hope they got a lot of clues. Whoever did it ... I hope they get him for sure," Hilbert said.

An LCSO spokesman says investigators are also reviewing surveillance video from some other locations too.

We'll let you know if they release any more information about those videos or the transfer station video.

Those who work at the transfer station tell us it closes at 5:30pm on Friday and opens again at 7am Saturday morning. An employee arriving for work Saturday morning called 911.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - March 13, 2012 - 6:23 p.m.

People who knew Ashleigh Jacobs say she was a normal 26-year-old girl.

She was born and raised in Tallahassee and enjoyed music, laughter, the beach and her family.

She was the mother of 10-month-old Lydia Wilbanks.

Ashleigh Jacobs' family has planned a memorial service at Lifepoint Church in Tallahassee.

It'll be held tomorrow Wednesday at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Jacobs' pastor, Richard Marcello.

According to her obituary, Jacobs recently had a life changing experience with Jesus Christ.

The obit says she was excited for new adventures he planned for her in life.

As for her daughter Lydia, a family member says she is doing fine and is in good hands.


[UPDATE] March 13, 2012 -- Noon -- by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee murder may have been caught on tape. LCSO is still working to find out killed Ashley Jacob over the weekend.

LCSO confirms that investigators are reviewing the video tape right now.

Jacobs was found dead in a car in the driveway that leads to Leon County's trash transfer station.

There are streetlights on that driveway and surveillance cameras pointed that direction.

The cameras are about 50 yards away and one of them is facing the end of the drive where the car was found.

Investigators are not commenting yet on exactly whats on the tape or how clear it is.

They are not answering questions about whether the person who shot Jacobs left on foot, or got into another car.

Investigators are reviewing the tape right now, frame by frame.


[Update] Tallahassee, FL -- March 12, 2012-- 11:20 p.m.

Family members tell WCTV Monday evening that they wish to have their privacy respected during their time of grieving. They also added that they hope officials can find the suspect that killed Ashleigh Jacobs.

Jacobs is also the mother of an infant girl.

Neighbors tell WCTV that Jacobs was a well-liked person and were shocked when they found out about the homicide. If you have any information about the crime scroll down this story to find a phone number to call for tips.

Ashleigh Diane Jacobs Obituary

Ashleigh Diane Jacobs, 26, died early Saturday, March 10, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Ashleigh was born May 3, 1985, in Tallahassee, Florida, and continued to call home. She was a devoted full-time mother to her 10 month old daughter Lydia Wilbanks. Ashleigh cherished the time that she spent with her family and friends and was a giving and caring person who wanted to take care of those she loved. She loved music, laughter, the beach, and her family. Ashleigh had recently had a life-changing encounter with her Abba Daddy, Jesus, and was excited about what things He had in store for her on that new adventure. Ashleigh was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Lydia Wilbanks, Tallahassee; parents, Linda and Brian McEckron, Tallahassee; a sister, Chelle Jacobs, Tallahassee; a brother Chasen McEckron, Tallahassee; maternal grandparents, James and Gerdi Lowe; uncle and aunt, Calvin and Cathey Lowe; as well as other numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Ashleigh's life will be held at 11am, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Lifepoint Church in Tallahassee, Florida. The service will be officiated by her pastor, Richard Marcello. In lieu of flowers, a trust has been set up for Ashleigh's daughter Lydia. Contributions in memory of Ashleigh may be made to Lifepoint Church, 1224 Pedrick Road, Tallahassee, FL 32317 - 850-219-8088. Memorial arrangements have been made under the direction of Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee, Florida. "Theres nothing like feeling loved and wanted - my 'lil girl never fails me...Lydia I will love you always and forever." Ashleigh Jacobs


[Update] Tallahassee, FL--March 12, 2012--6:38pm

Investigators scoured the area for evidence where LCSO deputies found the body of 26-year-old Ashleigh Jacobs as her car was being towed from the crime scene.

Saturday morning LCSO received a 9-1-1 call about a lifeless body in a green 4-door Lincoln.

They found the car and Jacobs' body in the middle of the street at the 4900 block of Gum Road.

That's right by the Leon County Transfer station.

A preliminary autopsy shows Jacobs died from multiple gun shot wounds. Now deputies are ruling her death a murder.

"What were doing now is focusing on the evidence we have to the victim's last steps, conducting interviews for those who are friends and family members and acquaintances," said Lt. James McQuaig with LCSO.

Investigators haven't released information on suspects or witnesses.
and have not said exactly where in the car she was found.

"We're also continuing to follow leads that have been developed from the crime scene investigation," McQuaig added.


Tallahassee, FL--March 12, 2012--10:45am

At 7:15 am on Saturday, March 10, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the discovery of a deceased female in a vehicle near the entrance to the Leon County Transfer Station located at
4900 Gum Road. Detectives from the Crime Scene Unit processed the scene for evidence and detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit conducted interviews and canvassed the area.

Preliminary results from an autopsy performed Saturday afternoon have confirmed that the victim, 26 year old Ashleigh D. Jacobs, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Jacobs was discovered in her green
four-door Lincoln by a passerby who contacted LCSO and remained at the scene until deputies arrived.

As detectives continue conducting interviews and processing evidence, they are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (850) 922-3418 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.


Tallahassee, FL--March 12, 2012--12:05 am

Officers say the victim who was found at 4900 Gum Road is a white female. She is approximately 20-30 years old. LCSO suspects foul play and hope to receive preliminary autopsy results later this afternoon.

A slide show from the crime scene is attached.


Tallahassee,FL--March 10, 2012

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death at the county's transfer station located on Gum Road.

WCTV has a reporter on scene and will bring you more details as we receive them.


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