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Shooting Probe

By: April Douglas
By: April Douglas

Thursday afternoon, a Wakulla County teen calls 9-1-1; a man is dead in his backyard. The teen tells dispatch the man has been run over by a lawn mower, but then another call comes in to 9-1-1 telling a much different story.

Crime scene tape still clings to a tree; a piece lay stretched across the ground and a riding lawn mower sits underneath an old pine in a Panacea backyard, the same lawn mower 24-year-old Brian Holdiness was riding when he was shot and killed.

Twenty-year-old James Alan Jacobs is accused of shooting Brian Holdiness while he was cutting the grass. The bullet pierced a window before striking the victim, resulting in a single gunshot wound to the left side of the head. Just moments after the shots rang out, two calls were made to the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office, the first from this home on Jerbelou Blvd.

The second was from James Alan Jacob, telling them he accidentally shot someone. Jacobs made his first appearance before a Wakulla County judge Friday morning. He is being held at the Wakulla County jail on a $20,000 bond. If found guilty, he could face 15 years in prison.


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