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St. Augustine woman convicted of second-degree murder over Facebook post

Posted: May 28, 2014 - 9:52pm  |  Updated: May 28, 2014 - 10:11pm
Candace Kiara Jackson  The Record
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Candace Kiara Jackson

A jury found Candace Kiara Jackson guilty of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery after deliberating for a little more three hours Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

Jackson, 24, of St. Augustine, could face up to life in prison for the felonies at her sentencing, which is tentatively scheduled for late June, attorneys said.

After a fight on May 10, 2013, escalated with her girlfriend over a Facebook post, Jackson drove her Chevy Suburban over Shaina Armstrong and her mother Rosa Lee Armstrong, who were in the parking lot of the Bank of America off U.S. 1 near Wildwood Drive.

Rosa Lee Armstrong, 56, was killed at the scene.

“I respect the jury, I can’t say I’m disappointed,” prosecutor Robert Mathis said.

Second-degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison and attempted second-degree murder can bring a term of close to 30 years, the veteran attorney said.

Public defender Raymond Warren postulated that Jackson, who weighed close to 380 pounds when she was arrested, could have very likely fallen back in the broken seat of the 1985 Suburban, and lost control of the vehicle.

Sentencing is set tentatively for late June.

 
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