St. Johns County man faces first-degree murder charge in downtown Jacksonville shooting

Two young men from St. Johns County have been indicted in connection with the shooting death of a man in downtown Jacksonville in May. 19-year-old Ryan Nichols has been charged with first-degree murder, while 18-year-old Daniel DeGuardia has been charged with accessory after the fact. Earlier this month, 21-year-old Holden Dodson pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. All three men are implicated in the death of Gary Jackson, who was found shot behind a dumpster on West Ashley Street on May 2. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office discovered multiple shell casings and an extended magazine with rounds next to the victim. Surveillance footage from nearby businesses captured the incident, showing a man chasing Jackson while holding what appeared to be a handgun. After the shooting, the man searched Jackson and then entered a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was seen following them. The Jeep later drove to a nearby 7-Eleven, and Dodson entered the store. According to witnesses, Jackson and the three suspects were seen interacting before the shooting, and it was believed to be drug-related. Dodson told detectives that Nichols’s gun was taken during the incident, and Nichols allegedly used it in the shooting. The state has 45 days to decide whether to seek the death penalty for Nichols. Nichols and DeGuardia are scheduled to be arraigned on August 16.

Reference: WJXT