Two teens arrested after a 17-year-old boy was shot to deathORANGE PARK – An ongoing dispute between teens led to the apparent ambush and murder of a 17-year-old boy and the arrest of two other …
Two teens arrested after a 17-year-old boy was shot to death
ORANGE PARK – An ongoing dispute between teens led to the apparent ambush and murder of a 17-year-old boy and the arrest of two other teens on Jan. 2.
Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to 486 Clermont Ave. shortly after noon to investigate someone lying motionless near the sidewalk. They found Jandel Rodriguez dead of gunshot wounds.
Witnesses and surveillance video led detectives to a foster home on Highland Grove Drive, where they found Andrew Desmond Neeper, 17, and Dejerrick Dewon Gillum, 17. Following an interview at the CCSO sub-station, Neeper was arrested for second-degree murder and Gillum was arrested for accessory after the fact to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
According to the arrest report, Gillum served as the “lookout” while Neeper shot Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was a student at Orange Park High, while Neeper and Gillum attended R.C. Bannerman Learning Center in Green Cove Springs.
According to a statement released by the sheriff’s office, “The investigation revealed that there was ongoing animosity between the suspects and the victim and that this shooting was the result of a prior dispute between the parties. This investigation is still active and ongoing. Additional charges and arrests are possible.”
Man, 18, charged with DUI to be county’s first arrest in 2022
OAKLEAF – An 18-year-old man from Orange Park was the first person arrested in 2022 in the county after the Clay County Sheriff’s Office charged him with driving under the influence on Jan. 1at 1:10 a.m.
Steven Thomas White Jr. was stopped on Oakleaf Plantation Parkway by a deputy who noticed a car crossing the center line several times. The deputy smelled alcohol and noticed White’s speech was slurred, according to the arrest report. After failing a field sobriety test, White was taken to the Clay County Jail, where his blood alcohol was measured at .121 and .124. The maximum level allowed by Florida law is .08.
White was released after posting a $1,002 bond.