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Arrest made in Roosevelt Gardens murder

2:58 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
Travis Jerome Thornton
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man who was wanted in the March 19 killing of 22-year-old Bradley Jamal Jackson has turned himself into police.

Travis Jerome Thornton, 26, met with police to turn himself in at the Greyhound bus station on Thursday night after arriving from Atlanta, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Lt. Rob Schoonover said.

Thornton had an active arrest warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and is now also charged with murder.

Thornton gave detectives advance notice of when he would be arriving in Jacksonville. He was then taken downtown where he confessed to fatally shooting Jackson, Schoonover said.

Jackson and others were involved in an altercation in the playground area at the Roosevelt Gardens Apartments. Investigators found that Jackson was attempting to leave and was followed by several people, and one of them produced a handgun.

This caused Jackson to produce a handgun as well, but he did not threaten anyone with it. At this point, investigators say, Thornton shot Jackson several times as he walked away.

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