Man Wanted In Connection With Jacksonville Death Goes Before Judge

The man labeled a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old Robert Ward went before a judge Friday morning.

Robert Ward - Antonio Best

The man labeled a person of interest in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Robert Ward faced a judge Friday morning.

Jacksonville police said 30-year-old Antonio Best turned himself in Thursday.

Police were called after shots were heard in a neighborhood near Bell Fork Road and Market Street Wednesday night.

Ward was found dead by a man tending to his garden about 30 to 45 minutes after those shots were heard.

According to officials, Ward and Best were working together to pull off a robbery. Instead, Ward ended up dead.

Best has been charged with conspiring to commit robbery, but so far has not been charged with anything else.

Friday morning the judge kept the man's bond at $25,000



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Police say a person of interest in a shooting that killed a Jacksonville man Wednesday night is now in custody.

Antonio Best turned himself into police by telephone, and was taken into custody just before 11:30 a.m.

Killed was 26-year-old Robert Ward. His body was found in the area of Market Street and Bell Fork Road around 7:10 p.m.

A neighbor said he heard gunfire and then discovered the body behind his home some 30 to 45 minutes later.

Police say they have obtained warrants charging Best with felony conspiracy robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Detectives say their investigation shows the two men were conspiring to commit an armed robbery.

Police say this investigation is ongoing.


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While Jacksonville police are releasing few details, a resident says he heard gunfire and later found a dead body behind his home.

Lieutenant White with Jacksonville Police told WITN they got a call of shots fired in a neighborhood near Bell Fork Road and Market Street at 7:09 Wednesday night.

But a neighbor tells WITN's April Davis that he found a body behind his Market Street home some 30 to 45 minutes after he heard gunshots.

This morning, police spokeswoman Beth Purcell would only say they responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Bell Fork Road and Market Street and their investigation is ongoing.


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Jacksonville officers said they have been on the scene of a shots fired call for nearly nine hours as their investigation continues.

Lieutenant White with Jacksonville Police told WITN they got a call of shots fired in a neighborhood near Bell Fork Road and Market Street at 7:09 Wednesday night.

By 4 a.m. Thursday, Lt. White said officers were still on scene, but not sharing any details of the investigation.

Police said they are also not commenting about any injuries related to that shots fired call.

Stay with WITN as we continue to follow this developing story.


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