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Two More Arrests for Elderly Man's Murder

2:49 PM, Nov 3, 2010   |    comments
  • Shanda Nedreia Merritt
  • Raymond Matthew Austin, Jr.
    
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Murder charges have now been filed against two more people in the disappearance of an elderly man from Jacksonville International Airport more than a week ago.

Charles Soukop, 83, rented a Jeep from JIA on the night of Oct. 25 to drive home to Gainesville.

He was carjacked, kidnapped and killed.

A day later, Shanda Merritt was arrested on an unrelated charge, but was driving the vehicle he had rented.

Friday, 17-year-old Corey Harrington was arrested for Soukop's murder, and led detectives to his body.

At the time, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office indicated more arrests were forthcoming.

Today, JSO announced that Merritt has now been charged in Soukop's murder, in addition to the unrelated attempted murder charge for which she was already in jail.  She faces additional charges including kidnapping and carjacking.

Also charged with murder is 17-year-old Raymond Matthew Austin, Jr.  He faces an additional carjacking charge as well.

In a news conference this afternoon, police announced the two arrests, but offered no information regarding how they came to the charges against Merritt and Austin, saying that the investigation was continuing, and more arrests are still expected.

Counting two people who face charges of witness tampering, five people have already been charged in connection with Soukop's death.

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