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Murder suspect captured at Texas hurricane shelter returned to Jacksonville

Julian Williams booked into Duval County Jail Thursday night

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Julian Williams
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Julian Williams

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville murder suspect captured last week at a Houston-area hurricane shelter was booked into the Duval County Jail Thursday night.

Julian Williams is being held without bond, jail records show. 

Williams, 36, was taken into custody Sept. 26 on an out-of-state fugitive warrant in Harris County after authorities received a Crime Stoppers tip. He had been sought by Jacksonville police for months.

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Williams is suspected of shooting 20-year-old Christopher Thurston during a July 23 encounter at a gas station near Blanding Boulevard and Duclay Road, police previously said.

According to court records, Williams was arguing with another man inside the business when Thurston walked inside. The door bumped into Williams and the pair traded words, records show.

The arrest warrant states Williams was seen following Thurston down an aisle, shooting him once in the chest and then shooting another man who tried to intervene. Several witnesses identified Williams as the shooter.

Thurston was taken to Orange Park Medical Center, but did not survive.

Williams faces charges of murder, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon.