APD arrests second person in Alachua murder

City of Alachua Police Department
City of Alachua Police Department
Seth Johnson

Alachua Police detectives arrested a second suspect in the December murder of Jaquan Robinson in Alachua.

According to an Alachua Police Department (APD) social media release, Franklin George Richardson, 20, of Alachua was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a Dec. 9, 2022, murder of Robinson, 22, of Fort White at One 51 Apartments on NW 150th Road.

APD officers arrested the first suspect – 20-year-old Lacorrin Raheem Calhoun of Alachua – on Dec. 22, 2022.

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Franklin Richardson
Courtesy of Alachua County Jail Franklin Richardson

During the investigation, ACPD detective Jacob Eady found probable cause that Richardson had a higher level of involvement and knowledge of the murder.

According to the release, “Richardson had given Calhoun a ride to the location of the shooting to conduct a drug transaction.”

Richardson backed his vehicle into a parking spot next to Robinson’s vehicle and exited his vehicle to speak with other people at the scene before getting back into his vehicle. After Calhoun took possession of the narcotics from Robinson, Calhoun faked a Cash App transaction and placed the bag of narcotics onto Richardson’s lap. Robinson then attempted to get the narcotics back from Richardson and Calhoun shot Robinson multiple times.

Further investigation revealed that Calhoun told an informant that Richardson said he would assist Calhoun in the narcotics robbery, that he was armed with a gun and said he would shoot Robinson if he resisted. The informant gave facts that had not been made public at that time. The APD release stated the informant had no prior relation to the two suspects or the victim.

Richardson was charged with third-degree murder-not premeditated during other felony and conspiracy to purchase a controlled substance. He was booked into the Alachua County Jail on a $550,000 bond.

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