Grand jury indicts 4 on homicide charges

Alderious White
Courtesy Alachua County Jail Alderious White

An Alachua County grand jury indicted four men on homicide charges on Tuesday.

According to an Eighth Judicial Circuit press release, State Attorney Brian Kramer’s office announced the indictments that involved three separate homicides.

The list included Alderious Jerrad White, 28, and Jason Travis Ward, 38, who were charged with first-degree murder, attempted home invasion robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon. White and Ward broke into a home at 2017 NE 16th Terrace in Gainesville on July 19 and shot and killed D’halani Lanair Armstrong.  

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White and Ward were both shot in the home invasion. On July 20, Gainesville Police Department officers also arrested Tiara Luckie, 30, as an accessory to murder.  

Jason Ward
Courtesy Alachua County Jail Jason Ward

The grand jury indicted Brian Scott Burns, 25, on premeditated first-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence for stabbing his “on and off” girlfriend, Mary Joy Williamson, to death on July 9.

The crime took place at the Stayable Select Hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. in Gainesville. When officers arrived, Burns was walking through the hotel parking lot and identified as someone who knew Williamson and had recently been in her room.

After being questioned, Burns confessed to the murder and said he had been in an argument with Williamson.  

The fourth indictment came against Zamont’e Demetri Hartsfield, 21, who was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

Hartsfield is accused of shooting and killing Wallace Lee Jr. on April 5 at the Wawa convenience store at 1007 E. University Ave. in Gainesville. According to prosecutors, the incident occurred during a drug deal gone bad.

Brian Scott Burns
Courtesy Alachua County Jail Brian Scott Burns
Zamont’e Demetri Hartsfield
Courtesy Alachua County Jail Zamont’e Demetri Hartsfield

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