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Paris Regal charged with murder in shooting death of sword wielding man

2:08 PM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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Paris Lavonne Charles Regal, 25

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 25-year-old man is facing murder charges for his involvement in a fatal shooting in November.

Paris Lavonne Charles Regal was charged Thursday at 9 a.m. with one count of murder and one count of attempted robbery in relation to the Nov. 8 shooting death of 56-year-old Glenn Durl Tucker. In a news conference Friday Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Assistant Chief Chris Butler said Regal went to Tucker's home in the 8600 block of Buttercup Street to collect on a drug debt. According to the JSO police report, Regal arrived at Tucker's home around 12:20p.m. armed with a handgun.

An argument ensued, with Tucker refusing to provide Regal with the prescription drug payment he was demanding, Chief Butler detailed during the news conference. Regal pulled out a handgun, punched Tucker in the face and fled. As Regal was fleeing, Tucker grabbed a sword and confronted Regal outside his home in the front yard, striking Regal two times with the sword. According to the police report, Regal then slammed Tucker on the ground and shot Tucker multiple times, killing him, then fled the scene.

Police responded to Tucker's home and after interviewing several witnesses they put out a be on the lookout for Regal. An officer spotted Regal as he fled the area in a car, conducted a traffic stop and took Regal into custody.

According to Chief Butler, Regal confessed to the shooting and claimed it was in self-defense. Regal has remained in the Duval County Jail since Nov. 8 when he was taken into custody following the incident on Buttercup Street.

Regal is also facing charges of violation of probation, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, armed trafficking in cocaine, tampering with evidence and armed delivery or distribution within a thousand feet of a place of worship. Regal's criminal history extends back to 2007 with priors including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of controlled substance, driving without a license, cocaine possession and battery.

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