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Police: Bishop murdered with hammer in Jacksonville's historic Springfield

7:39 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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  • Pastor of the Glorious Church of the Lord John Henry Bowser
  • JSO taped off home in 1600 block of North Market
  • Suspect Terrence Rashad Wright who confessed to the murder of the Bishop.
    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office responded to a homicide in the Springfield neighborhood Tuesday after a man turned himself in to police. 

Terrence Wright told the officers at a JSO substation that he had killed someone by beating them in the head with a hammer.

"He confessed he had taken somebody's life. He was in the victim's vehicle when he arrived," said Sgt. Lonnie Mills with JSO homicide.

Homicide ran the tag on the car and went to the address associated with the vehicle and found a person dead inside the home according to Mills.

JSO said the victim is Bishop John Henry Bowser, 76.

Police found the victim when they went to the parsonage at 1625 N. Market St. shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Terrance Wright, the 24-year-old suspect, is being held by police.

Wright, was no stranger to Bishop Bowser.

Pastor Michael Girard with The Glorious Church of the Lord, where Bowser was a Bishop, said that Wright recently got out of jail and that the Bishop Bowser had been helping him.

The suspect said his motivation was to steal money so that he could buy crack cocaine.  

The suspect was arrested for murder.

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