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Carjacking leads to death of Alabama man, teen charged with capital murder, cops say

carjacking leads to death of alabama man teen charged with capital murder
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Jun. 21 2021, Published 10:01 a.m. ET

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A victim fought back during a carjacking in Alabama but was shot and killed. Now, police say an 18-year-old has been charged with capital murder.

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Around 10 p.m. on June 16, police said they found Jon Paul Matthew Kimber, 27, slain after a passerby found him unresponsive.

Kimber was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

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According to Sgt. Joni Money, Joydan Ja’Niece Blackwell, 18, and the other unnamed suspects are accused of trying to rob Kimber of his vehicle, but he fought back, which is when he was shot multiple times.

At that point, his vehicle was stolen, police said.

Money said the suspects and Kimber were acquaintances, authorities said.


Birmingham Real-Time News reported authorities asked for the public’s help on June 17 in locating Kimber’s vehicle, which has since been recovered.

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Blackwell was charged with capital murder in the death of Kimber. She was also charged with first-degree theft of property, first-degree shooting into an occupied vehicle and first-degree robbery, officials said.

Her bond for the theft, shooting and robbery charges was set at $120,000. But, she is being held without bond on the capital murder charge, authorities said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said other charges and arrests are expected, as it is an ongoing investigation.


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