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Accused killer of cab driver indicted

Police say driver was called to address where he was killed

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Deron Brown
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Deron Brown

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 18-year-old charged with the murder of a cab driver in Jacksonville has been indicted by a Duval County grand jury.

Deron Brown was indicted for first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in the January shooting death of Melvin Wright.

Police said they have arrested three teenagers who called for a taxi Jan. 30 with the intention of robbing the driver. The Yellow Cab driver was killed and the three teenager are now charged with murder.

Wright, 62, was found with a gunshot wound to his chest slumped over the front seat of his cab in the front yard of a home on Bloxham Avenue in Panama Park.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Tionne Williams, 15, made the call asking for a cab to come to that address. When Wright arrived, 18-year-old Deron Brown Jr. and 17-year-old Tavione Williams approached the cab. Lt. Steve Gallagher said the plan was for Tavione Williams to get in the cab and distract the driver, but Brown just shot him with a .22-caliber rifle.

Tionne and Tavione Williams were arrested in Jacksonville shortly after the murder. Brown fled to Broward County, where he later turned himself in. In addition to murder, all three are charged with armed robbery.