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14-year-old arrested charged with murder of his grandmother

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A suspect has been charged in the murder of a Jackson County woman from earlier this month.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office officials said the suspect was seen before a judge in Leon County for first appearance Tuesday morning.

Officials said it’s a unique situation, as the suspect is a family member of the victim.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged 14-year-old, Justin Andrae Shack, Jr., for the first degree murder of his grandmother Patricia Shack.

The juvenile being the one who called 911 on the morning of the incident.

“He advised that his grandmother had been shot due to someone breaking into the home,” said Cheree Edwards, JCSO investigator.

That morning, several agencies were on scene to assist in the investigation.

From canine units surveying the area for footprints to medical examiners determining Shack had been shot in the head, with a .22 calliber rifle found inside the home.

At that point investigators determined someone wasn’t telling the truth.

“We began to realize that the 911 call had discrepancies, we had discrepancies at the scene as well as statements from other individuals, family members and so forth which led us to be able to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect,” said Edwards.

On March 18, Jackson County sheriff’s office investigators arrested the juvenile for the murder of his grandmother.

He is being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Leon County.

“We feel very confident that the person that we have, that these investigators have identified is the proper person to be charged,” said Lou Roberts, Jackson County sheriff.

Sheriff Roberts said other family members have been very cooperative in the investigation.

“It’s a sad day for all of the family involved, because if this charge prevails in court then obviously this family has lost a lot,” said Sheriff Roberts.

Officials said it is likely that the Shack will be tried as an adult in this case. 

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