A Florida man brutally murdered his stepson after a domestic altercation. Now, he will remain behind bars for life.
Recently, First Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Simon sentenced James Blackmon Jr., 56, to life in prison with a mandatory minimum of 25 years for the shooting death of Christopher Roan. After two hours of deliberation, Blackmon was found guilty and convicted by a jury of second-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.
On Dec. 18, 2020, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a Florida home on Packwood Drive, off East Kingsfield Road, after reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found the defendant’s wife, Linda Blackmon, on the porch, who identified Blackmon as her son’s killer after he fled the scene.
In addition, officers found Roan’s body in the hallway of the home with a gunshot wound to the head and multiple gunshot wounds to his torso, reported North Escambia.com.
Minutes later, Blackmon was arrested, and a Smith and Wesson handgun was found in the defendant’s charger.
During the trial, Blackmon testified his wife and her son had been involved in an argument about the victim’s girlfriend, Samantha Noble, when he intervened, holding a handgun. Then, Roan took possession of the gun after knocking the weapon out of his hands and walking to the backyard. Hence, the defendant retrieved a second gun and shot the victim multiple times as he came back inside the house.
An autopsy report showed the victim was shot 11 times.
"He was coming down the hallway to try and get me, so I pulled my gun up and I shot him. I shot him until I didn't have any bullets left … because I knew if he had life left in him he would shoot me. He had a gun, he was armed," said Blackmon on the stand during the trial, according to Pensacola News Journal.
Next, the defendant walked towards the camper in the backyard where Nobles was hiding and fired seven shots into the mobile home. However, Nobles survived the ordeal.
Blackmon claimed self-defense for his actions, but the jury didn’t believe him.
Simon sentenced the defendant to an additional life sentence with a mandatory minimum of 20 years. Blackmon was ordered to serve both sentences consecutively.