Warrant: Jacksonville Beach killing stemmed from fight over gold necklace

Teen arrested in July 5 shooting death of 23-year-old Glen McNeil Jr.

Booking photo of Javoris Price (left) and photo of Glen McNeil Jr. (right)
Booking photo of Javoris Price (left) and photo of Glen McNeil Jr. (right)

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A 23-year-old man fatally shot about 1 a.m. July 5 as Fourth of July events at Jacksonville Beach were ending was killed over a gold necklace, according to an arrest warrant obtained Wednesday by News4Jax.

Javoris Price, 18, who was arrested two months ago on unrelated charges, was charged Monday with murder in the death of Glen McNeil Jr. 

According to the affidavit for arrest warrant for Price, McNeil was killed over a gold necklace he was wearing that Price and two other unnamed people wanted.

There was a physical altercation between McNeil and another man, the arrest warrant said, and it was in the seconds after that when Price ripped the necklace off McNeil.

According to the warrant, someone yelled that McNeil had a gun, but he did not, and that’s when Price and the other two others started shooting.

McNeil was hit just once, and died.

Another man was wounded in the hand. That man was actually the first person who Jacksonville Beach police became aware of who had been shot. 

The Jacksonville Beach Police Department and the State Attorney's Office said they are still looking for the other two gunmen. 

According to an arrest report, police began to consider Price a suspect after witness interviews eight days after the shooting. Police said a warrant obtained to search Price's Facebook account revealed he was talking to people four hours after the shooting, trying to sell two handguns: a Glock 9mm and a Glock .40 caliber. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested Danny Hadden, 20, who was in possession of one of them, the Glock 9mm, and a ballistics test matched a 9mm shell casing found at the scene to the gun that was recovered from Hadden's car, investigators said. Hadden is facing charges of possession of a firearm by a gang-related felon, burglary and resisting arrest.

Price is charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery. He had been in jail since Aug. 21 on an arrest for possession of a firearm as a convicted juvenile delinquent.  Price is now being held without bond, Duval County jail records show.

McNeil's family members told News4Jax earlier this week that the news of Price's arrest was bittersweet, but nothing will bring their loved one back.

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