Woman, 24, Charged In Craigslist Killing

Man Found Dead In St. Johns County Home; Deputies Say 2 Met Online

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:43:12 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2011 01:08:02 PM EDT
FRUIT COVE, Fla. -

A 24-year-old woman is accused of stabbing and killing a 53-year-old man in his home earlier this month, weeks after the two met on Craigslist, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Latoya Jordan is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Daniel Somerson, who was found dead in his home in the 1100 block of Popolee Road the afternoon of July 8 by deputies conducting a welfare check on him after acquaintances had not heard from him.

Investigators said Jordan admitted to stabbing Somerson to death. They said the two met on Craigslist in late May, and Somerson picked up Jordan, who's from Culpeper, Va., and they returned to the Fruit Cove home, investigators said.

Deputies said the two had been living together for a while when something went wrong, prompting an argument that led to the killing. Investigators did not say what the argument was about.

Investigators said Jordan used Craigslist to seek other men prior to the killing to live with them so they could take care of her. Investigators said the relationships were platonic.

Investigators said Jordan continued to live at Somerson's home for some time after he was killed while she found another man on Craigslist who picked her up and returned to the Tampa area. Deputies said Jordan used many different names with the men she met online. They said Jordan sought out at least four other men on Craigslist since Somerson's killing.

The latest was a 52-year-old man from Bay County, with whom she was living when contacted Thursday. Investigators said U.S. marshals found Jordan at a home in Fountain in Bay County, which is near Panama City.

On Friday morning, Jordan appeared in a Bay County courtroom on the St. Johns County murder charge. Detectives were there, but there was no word on how soon she would be returned to St. Johns to be arraigned.

A 2004 FBI investigation into Somerson regarding the mailing of the toxin ricin to the White House and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist had nothing to do with his death, investigators said. Somerson was never arrested or charged with mailing the toxin.