The girlfriend of a Jacksonville man shot and killed during an April drug deal gone wrong was arrested last week in connection with his death, according to court documents.

 

Summer Brooke Wilbanks, 25, was booked July 6 on a charge of third-degree murder into the Duval County jail, where she remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail, jail records show.

Her boyfriend, 28-year-old Eric Shay White, was fatally shot in the chest April 20 as the couple fled from an apparent armed robbery in Northwest Jacksonville, according to her arrest warrant affidavit.

The affidavit, issued June 27, states Wilbanks told police she and White arranged a drug deal with an acquaintance White knew from jail. She said they agreed to give $600 and some Ecstacy pills to the acquaintance in exchange for 50 prescription pain killers. In reality, they intended to give the man bogus cash and caffeine pills.

“Summer explained that Eric planned on making the drug purchase and exchange quickly before ‘Bird’ [the acquaintance] realized the money and pills were counterfeit,” according to the affidavit, which said Wilbanks agreed to drive White in the hopes of getting “the real drugs for personal use.”

White got a text message from Hollings that night, saying to meet him at an address on Amazon Avenue near Edgewood Avenue and Old Kings Road, the affidavit said. Wilbanks told police four men approached the car when they arrived and one put a gun to her head. She said the men started shooting when White yelled for her to drive away.

White was later taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died of his injuries.

Jail records show the man Wilbanks identified as the victim’s acquaintance, Breon “Bird” Hollings, has been in jail since June 1, where he is awaiting trial for possession of a firearm by a felon and use of drug paraphernalia. His arrest made headlines because he was seen flaunting a stack of cash on Facebook Live just moments before police raided his home.

Hollings, 22, was taken into custody that day after police found a .45-caliber handgun, ammo, crack cocaine, prescription pain killers and cash during a search of his home, according to his arrest report report. Two other people in the home were interviewed by homicide detectives and said the gun belonged to “Bird.” He remains jailed with $250,000 bail.

Garrett Pelican: (904) 359-4385