JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man accused of killing a former radio personality in Jacksonville who was pregnant appeared for arraignment Tuesday morning.
Bursey Armstrong’s new lawyer entered not guilty pleas to the two murder charges against his client.
Armstrong’s next court date is Sept. 13. He is being held in the Duval County jail without bond, according to jail records.
Armstrong, 33, was originally charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Tasheka Young, and last week, the State Attorney’s Office told News4JAX that a second count was added for Young’s unborn child. It’s unclear how far along she was in her pregnancy.
On July 23, according to Armstrong’s original arrest warrant, Young’s mother found her daughter’s body inside Young’s Northside apartment on Biscayne Boulevard after not being able to get in touch with Young. Young’s two children, ages 1 and 3, were also inside the residence, the warrant shows.
The warrant states Young’s mother told police that her daughter and Armstrong, whom the document lists as the father of Young’s children, had a violent relationship, with Young telling her mother that Armstrong had held a gun to her head two weeks earlier.
Police searched his cellphone, the warrant states, finding evidence of “the volatile history of the relationship,” including photos of a knife and a gun. Young sent Armstrong a text with the picture of a gun and said, “This is the same gun you held to my head,” according to the warrant.
The warrant notes that while researching Armstrong, there was a documented history of domestic violence, saying there was a felony domestic battery report written in May 2021, but the victim did not follow through with an injunction for protection.
Investigators said a search of Armstrong’s car and his residence turned up clothes that appeared to be bloody, a gun and ammunition. He was arrested July 24.
Young worked as a radio personality at Power 106.1 in Jacksonville before becoming a teacher. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bethune-Cookman University. She was expecting her third child when she was killed last month.
Domestic violence resources
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse, there are local resources available:
- The Florida Domestic Violence Hotline, which will direct you to the nearest shelter, is 1-800-500-1119.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is open 24 hours a day. The number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
- The Betty Griffin Center in St. Johns County can be reached at 904-824-1555.
- The hotline number of Quigley House in Clay County is 904-284-0061.
- The hotline number of Micah’s Place in Nassau County is 904-225-9979.
- The Hubbard House in Jacksonville can be reached by dialing 904-354-3114.