CCSO wraps-up yearlong murder case with seventh arrest

Keystone Height man beaten following random act of kindness

By Don Coble don@opcfla.com
Posted 11/24/20

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A random act of kindness cost a man his life, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.

The agency reported the seventh, and final, arrest in the brutal 2019 attack of a …

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CCSO wraps-up yearlong murder case with seventh arrest

Keystone Height man beaten following random act of kindness

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – A random act of kindness cost a man his life, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.

The agency reported the seventh, and final, arrest in the brutal 2019 attack of a Keystone Heights man who bought a boy a pair of shoes for his football banquet when Douglas Roe Jr. was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Gloversville, Texas, on Nov. 12.

“This closes our case,” said Sheriff Michelle Cook. “We hope this brings closure to the family. We’re very glad to be able to bring some justice to the family.”

Arrest reports, warrants and investigators detail a gruesome tale of jealousy and depraved behavior that started when Stephen Dalton Perry Jr. was with his co-worker, Stephen Sherouse on Bills Way on Nov. 21, 2019. Sherouse’s neighbor, Alexsandria McNabb, asked if he had any clothes or shoes for her son to wear at a football banquet.

Perry bought the boy a pair of shoes, the arrest warrants said, which sent McNabb’s boyfriend, Kalvin Roe, into a jealous rage.

Perry received several text messages and Facebook Messenger from Kalvin Roe threatening him. Then on Nov. 21, Doug Roe Jr. stood in the middle of Bills Way as Perry and Sherouse drove to Sherouse’s home. When they stopped, Kalvin Roe appeared with a gun and ordered Perry out of the truck.

Perry reportedly said, “It ain’t got to be like that,” but moments later, detectives said five men – Kalvin Roe, Doug Roe Jr., Caleb Roe, Travis Roe and Augustino Morales – beat Perry lifeless with bats, pool cues and a large wooden handle.

Detectives said Jesse Roe put Perry in the back of his truck and drove him into Putnam County where the body was dumped.

Perry died two days later at the Orange Park Medical Center.

With no other connection between the Roes and Perry than the pair of shoes, Sgt. Michael Calhoun, the lead detective for CCSO, said Perry simply “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Deputies conducted a search warrant at the parents of the Roe brothers on July 30, and they recovered a “wooden handle” buried in the backyard.

The five men implicated in the beating death have been charged with murder. Jesse Roe and McNabb were charged with accessory after the fact of a capital felony.

“His best friend [Sherouse] watched this,” Calhoun said.

Kalvin Roe was tracked down and arrested in Statenville, Georgia, near Valdosta, on Nov. 26, 2019. Jesse Roe was caught in Cleveland, New York.

McNabb was arrested because she said she wasn’t in contact with Kalvin Roe, especially after an arrest warrant was issued. Phone record contradicted her statements. Detectives said McNabb helped Kalvin Roe flee to Georgia.

“Our detectives worked relentlessly to bring this investigation to a close,” Cook said. “We’re grateful for the partnership we have with the State Attorney’s Office and for the assistance of other law enforcement agencies. Our SWAT team was also utilized several times in this investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go to Mr. Perry’s family, and we are glad to be able to bring this very violent crime family to justice. We will never stop working to hold people who break the law in our county accountable.”

Calhoun said the Roe family could present a security risk so they’re being jailed at several facilities to keep them apart.

McNabb was scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 23, but it was continued to Jan. 4.

Kalvin Roe, who was charged with first degree murder, is expected in court for a pretrial hearing on Dec. 7.

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