Both men in their 50s died later from beatings and have been ruled murders.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has added two homicides to this year’s total after developments in their cases led to updated murder classifications.
The most recent initially happened Feb. 16 with the individual dying Feb. 28, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The incident report explains that a woman dropped off 53-year-old Eddie Lamar Andrews at UF Health with injuries from being beaten with a hammer. But Andrews told an off-duty officer working there that he fell at his residence hitting his head on the bed frame. The doctors said he had a skull fracture and multiple injuries to his arms.
Investigators found no signs of a struggle at his home and also checked a nearby boarding home with negative results, according to the report. After Andrews died, his death was ruled a murder on March 2, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The second case is even more complicated and spread out. The initial battery occurred Oct. 15, 2018, when witnesses said 50-year-old Norman Arnell Lewis was attacked outside the City Rescue Mission, according to the Sheriff’s Office. His obituary said he did community service at a homeless mission.
A witness said Lewis had confronted a man who took cuts in the food line outside State and Julia streets, according to the incident report. What happened next is redacted from the report, but paramedics advised Lewis possibly suffered a broken neck. The other man ran through the kitchen and out the front door of the shelter.
The Sheriff’s Office said Lewis died Dec. 3, 2019, and the Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a murder on Feb. 3 of this year. So the Sheriff’s Office lists it as a 2020 murder. The Times-Union, which has kept detailed homicide records since 2006, lists them when the initial incident occurred — in this case the newspaper added it to the 2018 numbers.
This year’s total is up to 25 homicides compared to 34 at the same time in 2019. Not all homicides are classified as murders because some are deemed justifiable.
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