An arrest has been made in connection with a second-degree murder case following an investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Earl Leroy Coleman, a 61-year-old man, was taken into custody on Friday with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Task Force. The arrest is linked to an incident on North Main Street in December. On December 23, at around 8:30 PM, JSO patrol officers responded to a local hospital’s report of a person who had been shot. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Martiaz McGruder, later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The investigation led officers to a crime scene in the 4000 block of North Main Street, where it was revealed that the shooting occurred during an altercation that began inside a business and spilled into the parking lot.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office acted swiftly to identify Earl Leroy Coleman as the suspect in the case. The U.S. Marshals Task Force assisted in the arrest, which culminated in charging Coleman with second-degree murder. The nature of the altercation and the circumstances surrounding the shooting are part of the ongoing investigation. The incident highlights the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies to bring individuals involved in violent crimes to justice. As the legal process unfolds, further details regarding the motive and events leading up to the altercation may emerge. The community will be eager to follow developments in this case and gain a better understanding of the factors contributing to the tragic outcome on North Main Street.