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Bradford County Sheriffs Office
Saturday August 21st, 2010 :: 02:00 p.m. EDT


Attempted Shoplifting Leads to Stabbing Resulting in Death

On 8/21/10 the Bradford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the hospital in Starke, FL to assist with a disturbance in the parking lot. Upon arrival deputies discovered a subject with a stab wound to the inner thigh of one of his legs. Medical personnel attempted to treat the wound, but were unable to stop the bleeding. The victim was pronounced dead at approximately 4:00 AM.

BCSO detectives were called to investigate and determined the stabbing incident occurred in northwest Bradford County along the side of State Road 16. Both subjects involved were acquaintances and had driven to a convenience store where the victim had attempted to steal some beer. The defendant intervened and returned the items to the store at which time they began to argue while driving away. A short time later the argument led to a physical confrontation along the roadside. Detectives are trying to determine where the knife originated, but have recovered it as evidence.

The defendant has been taken into custody on 1 count of Homicide. He is being held at the Bradford County Jail with no bond until his first appearance before a Judge.

Defendant: W/M Jamie Keith Griffis (DOB: 02/05/84)

16459 SW 66th Lane Starke, FL. 32091

Victim: W/M Jonathan Elisha Carswell (DOB: 01/25/83)

5949 SE 4th Ave. Keystone Heights, FL. 32656

Bradford County Sheriffs Office
945 N Temple Ave
Starke, FL 32091

Emergency: 9-1-1

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