JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Duval County grand jury indicted three men on first-degree murder charges in three different Jacksonville cases, the State Attorney’s Office announced Friday afternoon.
The cases include the high-profile shooting death of a woman in the drive-thru line of a fast-food restaurant in Baymeadows this summer.
Each of three indicted faces a sentence of mandatory life in prison if convicted, unless the state decides to seek in the death penalty.
The grand jury returned first-degree murder charges in the following cases:
August killing of woman in Baymeadows McDonald's drive-thru
Rasheed Karreem is charged with first-degree murder in the Aug. 10 shooting death of 32-year-old Jamie Roque, his girlfriend, according to police.
Police and the State Attorney's Office identified her as Jamie Lawyer, but News4Jax learned she was getting a divorce and identified herself online and with friends as Jamie Roque.
According to police, a man approached from behind and shot her in the head. She died after being rushed to a hospital.
An arrest in the case was not announced until Friday. Duval County jail records show Karreem, 35, was booked Aug. 11 on other charges.
"I have been waiting to hear about an arrest for a long time and I am so glad they have made one," Lish Winfrey, a McDonald's employee who was working inside the restaurant the morning of the shooting, told News4Jax on Friday.
Roque’s close family member asked to remain anonymous, but says the indictment is a relief.
“We miss her a lot, and I really hope that she’s proud right now. I hope that we did everything that we could do," she said. "I could scream to the heavens that, 'We got him, Jamie. We got him.' But now it's just the slow process of getting the sentence that we want.”
Roque's family says she was loyal and loving. They'll continue their fight to find justice.
The State Attorney's Office announced that in addition to first-degree murder, Karreem is also charged with armed aggravated stalking, armed burglary, shooting into a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Just months before August's deadly shooting, according to court documents, Karreem was arrested and charged with domestic battery in a January incident involving Roque.
2012 Christmas Eve death
The grand jury indicted Codeon Chambers on first-degree murder in the 2012 Christmas Eve death of Harold Lee Woodard III.
Chambers, 25, is also charged with armed robbery.
Detectives said Woodward, 23, was beaten and shot inside his Westside apartment on Roosevelt Boulevard on Dec. 24, 2012. Several of his items were also stolen.
Inside Woodward's bedroom, detectives found a bloody fingerprint on a shoebox, which was submitted to the crime lab at Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That's where police said the blood on the shoebox was matched to Woodward and the fingerprint was matched to George Williams IV.
Williams was arrested in February 2013 and during his trial, witnesses said there was a possible second suspect.
He was identified as Chambers, according to the Sheriff's Office, but it took investigators several years to collect evidence to arrest him in connection with the case in July.
2016 shooting death of ex-high school basketball star
Also named in the indictments is Blair Terry.
Terry, 28, is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2016 fatal shooting of Edward Brown, a former Jacksonville high school basketball.
Brown, 31, was found Nov. 7, 2016, shot in the head on Ramona Boulevard. Investigators said he was likely set up by a woman he knew.
The Sheriff's Office said she and Terry, whose relationship with Brown is unclear, were arrested in January 2017.
Brown had been a member of the Class 2A state championship basketball team at Arlington Country Day School in 2005, the year he graduated.
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