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[UPDATE] Grand Jury Indicts Three in Murder Case

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

UPDATE By Candace Sweat 12/20 at 11:15pm

State Attorney Skip Jarvis says a grand jury indictment on first degree murder gives him the option of seeking the death penalty, but he stopped short of saying that he will.

He says a lot of factors go into making that decision and it's one that simply can't be rushed.

"I look at the death sentence as a necessary evil. I don't want people to think that it's something that you do just because you have a case that warrants it," said Jarvis.

In this case, 64-year-old Manuel Raulerson was found shot to death on his porch in Live Oak on November 10th

Weeks later, 20-year-old Charles Hines, 18-year-old Edward Hines, and 23-year-old Juan Gainer were arrested and indicted for first degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Charles Hines and Gainer were also charged with tampering with evidence.

Now, it's up to Jarvis to decide whether he'll seek the death penalty, but he says many factors go into making that determination.

"First thing I'm gonna look at is the manner in which it was carried out, how they killed the victim, the terror and pain and agony the victim might have endured during the killing. On the other side, we have to determine if there were any mitigating factors such as mental illness," said Jarvis.

Nearly two months ago, Jarvis sought the death penalty for two men charged in a murder just blocks away from the scene of Raulerson's Murder.

He says, just as he did in that case, he will consult the victims' family before making a final decision.

Regardless of Jarvis's decision on the death penalty, the three men face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison, but they could get life.

Jarvis says he probably won't be ready to make an announcement until after the new year.
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State Attorney Skip Jarvis says it's tragic that three young men go to rob a man at his home and that man ends up dead. But he says it's his job to bring those men to justice.

A Suwannee County grand jury indicted 20-year-old Charles Hines, 18-year-old Edward Hines, and 23-year-old Jaun Gainer in the shooting death of 64-year-old Manuel Raulerson.

Raulerson was found dead on his porch on November 10th and authorities say he had been there for three days before anyone discovered his body.

The men are being charged with first degree murder, attempted armed robbery, and tampering with evidence.

All three men are being held at the Suwannee County Jail.

Jarvis says, with first-degree murder charges, the men face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison, but could get life.

I asked him whether he would seek the death penalty and he says he's not ready to make that decision just yet.


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