Peacock Enters a Plea Deal for 2004 Murder

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

[UPDATE] 11-22-2011 by Angelica Alvarez

"I did it, I did it, I promised you I would do it and I did it." Those were the words Patricia Jefferson spoke after she heard the sentence. She held up the photo of her daughter just moments after hearing that the man convicted of killing her daughter was sentenced to half a century behind bars.

She says, "It's been a long hard road. After today my family can start closure, and getting their life together and my granddaughter she can her life together also."

In 2004, Travis Peacock was charged with first degree murder, accused of shooting 21-year-old Sevetra Donaldson six times in her home on trailblazer drive. Neighbors say they found her two-year-old daughter screaming and crying near her mother's body on the living room floor.

Jimmie Lee Donaldson, Sevetra's Father says, "I tell you, its been a long long fight."

And it's been a long fight because soon after the crime, a court ruled that Peacock was not mentally fit to stand trial. Now seven years later he is. The defense and prosecution cut a deal and decided on 50 years.

The family, including Donaldson's twin sister, say they can finally find peace.
Shynetra Jackson, the twin, says, "I'm just glad its over and justice has been served."

[UPDATE] 11-22-2011 by Angelica Alvarez

Tallahassee, FL -- Travis Peacock negotiated a plea for second degree murder with a firearm.

He was sentenced to 50 years in prison with a 25 year minimum to be served.

Peacock, a Havana man had been indicted for first degree murder for the death of his girlfriend in 2004

[UPDATE] 9-20-2011 by Julie Montanaro

Travis Peacock, a Havana man indicted for first degree murder for the death of his girlfriend in 2004, has been transferred from the state mental hospital in Chattahoochee to the Leon County Jail.

Peacock was arrested in 2004 for the murder of Sevetra Donaldson, but has been getting treatment at the state mental hospital since then.

He was released from the hospital after a judge deemed him competent to stand trial.

Court records show Peacock was booked into the Leon County Jail at 4:20 Monday afternoon.

Peacock's trial date is scheduled for October 10th.

To view the original story, please read below.

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March 2010 -

More than five years after Sevetra Donaldson was shot multiple times in her home allegedly by her high school sweetheart, Travis Peacock.

Her family's wounds were reopened Monday.

"It's a step in the right direction, it's a step. it's the beginning," says Sevetra's Mom, Patricia Jefferson.

The State wanted Peacock to be transferred from Pathways at Sunland to Florida State Hospital where he would restart his competency training, a 2 year process.

But, the defense says Peacock's mental illness was very well documented prior to his offense, proving that he was and still is incompetent to stand trial.

The state doesn't question his mental retardation, but says he has been malingering or over exaggerating his mental illness.

"His malingering has allowed him to generate inaccurate evaluations of his competency," says state prosecutor Jack Campbell.

And the victim's family wants justice.

"It was devastating, for someone to try and beat the system by saying he was insane or something like that. That's not right," says the victim's Dad, Jimmie Lee Donaldson.

A grand jury indicted Peacock on first degree murder charges in December of 2004.

When the judge found him incompetent to stand trial, Peacock was transferred to Florida State Hospital, the same place where Sevetra's Mom has worked for the past seven years.

She says he would taunt her with gestures on a regular basis, a heartbreaking reminder of what happened to her daughter.

After more than three years, Peacock was transferred to Pathways at Sunland, but as of Monday, he's back where he began.

Administration says they will make great strides to make sure that their paths don't cross on the facility's grounds.

He's being transferred back to Florida State Hospital because it's the only mental facility in Florida that provides competency training.

Additional Facts:
As for the victim's daughter who was found crying around her Mother's body when police arrived is now 7-years-old.

Family say although she asks about her Mom from time to time, she's doing just fine.

An update on Peacock's progress will be submitted to Judge Terry Lewis in 6 months.

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November 2004 -

As a 21-year-old woman is gunned down in her own home, her ex-boyfriend is under arrest for murder. Making matters worse, that deadly shooting took place in front of the couple's two-year-old daughter.

Crime tape still flutters outside the home on Trail Blazer Road. Monday night deputies say 23-year-old Travis Peacock climbed the stairs, broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and opened fire.

CAPT Mike Wood of the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "Based on what we see at the scene, we feel that she was semi-cornered in the living room area and then ultimately was shot several times."

An autopsy Tuesday afternoon showed 21-year-old Sevetra Donaldson was shot six times. Her new boyfriend, who took cover in a back room, was not hit. Neither was her two-year-old daughter, who may have seen the whole thing.

Mary Floyd, the victim's cousin, says, "She loved her daughter so very much.”

Family members are stunned and angry, saying the high school sweethearts had split up a few months back, but they never imagined this.

Soon after the shooting, authorities in Gadsden County arrested Travis Peacock at a family member's house in Quincy. Leon County detectives say Peacock confessed and told them where to look for the gun.

Investigators spent all day searching for it in the woods off Highway 90. The Sheriff's Department says Donaldson's two-year-old daughter was taken into protective custody and will likely be placed with family.

Peacock will make his first appearance in court Wednesday.


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