UPDATED 5.4.2012 by Julie Montanaro
Deputy state attorney Georgia Cappleman says prosecutors have not yet made a decision about whether to charge J.T. Thomas with a hate crime.
Cappleman says they want to talk with witnesses themselves first.
Tallahassee, Florida - May 3, 2012 - Noon - by Julie Montanaro
A Tallahassee man is now under arrest for a deadly shooting.
J.T. Thomas made his first appearance in court this morning and was denied bond.
Thomas is accused of shooting and killing Steven Brown on the corner of Knoxville Lane and Nashville Drive yesterday.
Arrest papers say the two men were sitting in the yard drinking when Thomas and Brown got into an argument.
According to witnesses, Thomas said "he didn't like white people" and the two men ended up fighting on the ground. Police say Thomas ultimately shot Brown in the stomach and killed him.
Tallahassee, Florida - May 3, 2012 - 9:20am -
On May 02, 2012 at approximately 12:55AM, the Tallahassee Police Department was called to the residence at 1440 Nashville Drive for a shooting incident. The responding officers located the victim- Steven Brown deceased at the scene.
Investigators and Forensic Specialists arrived on scene from the Criminal Investigation Division and assumed the investigation. Subsequent interviews and evidence collected on scene identified a suspect in the case. TPD’s Career Criminal Unit along with assistance from the US Marshal’s Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested the suspect Jacob Thomas just 14 hours after the homicide occurred.
Chief Dennis Jones said “I am proud of all who assisted in this investigation. I am pleased to announce TPD arrested this dangerous criminal and he will be brought to justice for this
Tallahassee, Florida - May 2, 2012 - Noon -
Neighbors on Knoxville Lane say they heard one shot and later realized a man was dead.
It happened in the front yard of the house on the corner of Knoxville and Nashville. The woman who lives there says she was not home at the time and came home to find a man dead in her yard and police everywhere.
One man says he had to walk his daughter to the school bus stop on that same corner this morning. "It's senseless violence," he said.
TPD have identified the man who was shot and killed, but are still in the process of trying to notify his family. Right now, police are not commenting on a motive, suspect, or whether or not the man was the intended target.
Tallahassee, Florida - May 2, 2012 - 7:30am -
One person is dead after a fatal shooting in Tallahassee early Wednesday morning.
The shooting happened a little after 1 A.M. on the 1400 block of Knoxville Lane in the western part of Tallahassee.
T.P.D. responded to the scene where a male had been shot. Attempts to revive the victim were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooter is still on the run.
T.P.D. expects to release more information throughout the day.