House in Jefferson Co. is site of three murders, exactly one year apart

Two homicides occurred at a home on East Clark Avenue in Jefferson County, on the same day, one year apart.
Published: Aug. 25, 2022 at 7:04 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Three homicides occurred at a home on East Clark Avenue in Jefferson County on the same day, one year apart.

The most recent murder happened Tuesday night, leaving 70-year-old Essie May Copeland dead. Neighbors said they heard seven or eight gunshots ring out that night.

One neighbor told WCTV that he was friends with Copeland and he had no idea why anyone would do something like this.

The Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office said after Copeland was shot, she was taken to TMH and died later that night from her injuries.

Her home was the site of a double homicide on the same day, August 23rd, last year, which left two young men dead. An investigation determined that the victims had shot each other. A suspect connected to the shooting, 15-year-old Christian Venisee, pleaded no contest to several charges and is serving time in prison.

Sheriff Mac McNeill could not name any suspects in this most recent shooting. He said both murders are still open and active investigations, and that investigators are looking into whether the two are connected.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 850-997-2523, contact Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 850-574-8477, or contact the group online.

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