Police Briefs 1/16/20


Murder charges added to man following New Year’s Eve shooting

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – Murder charges were filed a week following a triple-shooting on New Year’s Even during an argument over clothes that left two people dead and one man in the hospital.

Taylor Ryan Hill, 22, officially was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted second-degree murder eight days after he ended a fight by shooting three people, including one in the back.

Hill, of Jacksonville, already was in custody after being charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, robbery with a firearm, removing serial number from a firearm and parole violation.

Victoria Ann Scifo, 20, of Woburn, Massachusetts, was charged with attempting to flee police while they had their flashing lights and siren active, as well as accessory after the fact involving a murder. Her bond was set at $300,006.

Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to 4374 Lori Loop Road after three people were shot during an argument. A few minutes later, deputies also were called to a neighbor’s house after a Dodge Ram was taken from a man who was pistol-whipped by Hill.

Shayne Wooten was the first shooting victim. He was shot in the stomach and was hospitalized with “non-life-threating injuries,” according to the arrest report.

Liza Nichole Dukes, 29, died inside her living room after being shot in the back while she was on top of Scifo during a struggle. James Wooten, Shayne’s father, then was shot in the head and had “no brain activity.” He was taken off life support and died Jan. 2.

The couple were chased in the stolen pickup until they crashed on State Road 100 in Bradford County. Hill suffered a broken pelvis in the accident.

The couple’s next court appearance is Feb. 10.

Hill cut his GPS tracking anklet off before the shooting. He had just served seven years of a 35-year sentence for burglary and was on parole. An arrest warrant was issued on Dec. 11 for violating terms of the parole.

Scifo served 15 months for heroin possession, car theft and attempting to flee police.

CCSO tracks down man wanted for December home invasion robbery

ORANGE PARK – A 19-year-old Orange Park man was arrested on Jan. 8 in connection with an armed home invasion robbery on Dec. 7.

Darry Darnell Jackson with home invasion with a handgun and armed burglary.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office said several men broke into a home on Sunrise Village Drive and forcibly took a gaming system, marijuana, and iPhone and a car. A handgun then was taken from the car.

Jackson is being held without bond. His next court appearance is Feb. 3.

Dirt-biker at Chinese buffet goes to jail on several drug charges

ORANGE PARK – A routine traffic stop of a man riding a dirt bike through the parking lot of a Chinese buffet resulted in his arrest on a litany of charges, including possession of methamphetamine.

Loranzia Outin, 43, of Jacksonville, was in the Clay County Jail on Jan. 11 after being charged with having two false driver’s licenses, possession ammo by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine with intent to sell, driving with a suspended license and without valid registration.

According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Outin walked between cars while a deputy checked for warrants. Once he was arrested for driving with a suspended license, the deputy found bullets, two pipes, two spoons, 18 syringes and small plastic bags with meth residue. He also found marijuana laced with 20.9% THC and a counterfeit $50 bill.

A man leaving his business then found another bag where Outin was standing shortly before his arrest. Inside the bag, the deputy found 10.6 grams of meth.

Outin’s bond was set at $28,017.

Jacksonville man caught following rash of October break-ins

ORANGE PARK – Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies tracked down a man in Jacksonville on Jan. 9 who was wanted for several break-ins at a local storage unit.

Jamal Rashad Youman, 22, was charged with six counts of armed burglary and with resisting an officer without violence.

According to the arrest report, deputies were called to Public Storage at 210 Park Ave. on Oct. 1 after security cameras from another business alerted the owner of “suspicious activity.” When they arrived, two men ran into some nearby woods and a woman was caught inside the car. Deputies eventually found a backpack with a firearm inside, as well as at least three television sets inside the car.

Youman’s bond was set at $31,520.

Drug raid leads to arrest for methamphetamine, marijuana

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – A 34-year-old man was arrested on Jan. 9 following a drug bust by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT and Targeted Narcotics Team.

Joseph W. Smith, of Green Cove Springs, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The raid on Mitchells Road led to the seizure of three pipes, five plastic bags with methamphetamine residue and a jar of marijuana.

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