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Wesley Booker, 26, of Lakeland.

JURY VERDICT: Lakeland man convicted for murder of rival gang member

After two and a half hours of deliberation, a jury found Wesley Booker guilty of first-degree murder. Booker, 26, of Lakeland, shot and killed Maurice Knight – a rival gang member – in Feb. of 2015. Booker was sentenced to life in prison by Judge Harb immediately following his conviction at the end of a […]

State Attorney Jerry Hill honored by FPAA

State Attorney Jerry Hill honored by FPAA

PANAMA CITY – State Attorney Jerry Hill was honored alongside State Attorney Willie Meggs, Second Judicial Circuit, for 32 years of public service as State Attorney. Both Hill and Meggs were elected in 1984 and are retiring at the end of this year. They were presented with the Eugene Whitworth Memorial Award for outstanding leadership […]

Joshua Davis, 37, of Winter Haven was found guilty of shooting and killing two Polk State College students and injuring a third. He will be sentenced Dec. 9 by Judge Harb.

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of killing two students, shooting another

Joshua Davis stood in front of his third victim, the gun facing his forehead at point-blank range. Davis had just shot and killed Polk State College students Joe Palacios and Christian Rodriguez, both 19, before turning the gun on Esteban Zavala, who feared he would be shot next. “I didn’t see any hesitation, any doubt,” […]

Shawn Marlow, 46, of Lakeland, was arrested Oct. 14 and given a $15,000 bond. He bonded out of jail the following day.

SAO INVESTIGATION: Golf cart shop used as front for fraud

LAKE ALFRED – Shawn Marlow was arrested Friday, Oct. 14, by investigators with the State Attorney’s Office for stealing $44,175 from his customers and failing to provide them with the goods and services they paid for. An SAO investigation revealed complaints on Marlow had been filed with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office , Lake County […]

Reginald Streeter, 21, was given two consecutive life sentences Monday. He had been convicted twice of robbery with a firearm prior to this incident.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Habitual offender sentenced

Reginald Leon Streeter was sentenced to life in prison Monday. Streeter, 21, of Lake Wales, was convicted by a jury in August of burglary of a dwelling with an assault while armed, attempted robbery with a firearm, resisting officers without violence while wearing a mask, giving false info to law enforcement and possession of cannabis […]

Timothy Baroody, 58, of Orange City, was found guilty Friday of aggravated assault, which is punishable by up to five years in prison.

JURY VERDICT: Man guilty of aggravated assault with semi-truck

Timothy Baroody admitted he was in a bad mood and was tired of cars passing his semi in a no passing zone. The victims attempted to pass the semi a few times on Nov. 20, 2014, and Baroody blocked them with his vehicle before forcing theirs off the roadway. The victim gained control and entered […]

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A jury unanimously recommended the death penalty today for Cheyanne Jessie, the 29-year-old Lakeland woman who brutally murdered her father and daughter in 2015.
Circuit Judge Jalal Harb will now make the final decision following the verdict. The jury deliberated for just over an hour. They were unanimous on the decision to recommend death in the killing of Jessie’s 6-year-old daughter, Meredith. The jury recommended life in the killing of her father, Mark Weekly, 50.
Jessie was convicted Wednesday of two counts of first degree murder in the shooting and stabbing of Weekly and Meredith. She stuffed their bodies into plastic bins then hid the bins in a neighbor’s shed. Assistant State Attorneys Paul Wallace and Kristie Ducharme prosecuted the case. State Attorney Brian Haas thanks ASA’s Wallace, Ducharme, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives for their diligent work on the case.
Below, Jessie, with her head down, can be seen with her defense team.
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
State Attorney's Office, 10th Judicial Circuit
Cheyanne Jessie was found guilty today of two counts of first degree murder in the 2015 deaths of her father, 50-year-old Mark Weekly, and 6-year-old daughter, Meredith Jessie. A jury took about fours hours to convict Jessie, 29. She was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.
Jurors will now determine if the Lakeland woman should receive the death penalty. Jessie’s daughter died of a gunshot to the head. She was also stabbed. Her father died of three gunshots to his head and multiple stab wounds to the chest. Assistant State Attorney Paul Wallace and Assistant State Attorney Kristie Ducharme will continue prosecuting the case during the death penalty phase of the trial beginning today. Death sentences require a unanimous jury. In the picture below, Jessie can be seen on the left.
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