2016-04-20 / For The Record

Sheriff Makes Statement in Murray Case

Steven Murray formally charged
A. LeeAnn Chalker

Steven Murray, the suspect in the disappearance of Rev. Renee Robert of St. John's County, Fl. appeared in court today where he was formally charged with malice murder. 

Prior to the court appearance Sherriff Greg Coursey held a news conference where he announced that Murray would be charged with malice murder. The charges were finalized after preliminary autopsy findings from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled the victim Murray lead authorities to was a case of homicide. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, but no further details were given as the case is “active and ongoing.”  

While the manner and cause of death were determined GBI medical examiners were not able to positively identify the remains as those of Rev. Rene Robert, the St. John’s County Fl. priest who Murray allegedly kidnapped early last week in Duval County Fl. GBI Investigator Pat Morgan confirmed that dental records were being expedited from Florida and that a positive identification would be made later that afternoon or the next day, April 21. At that time the GBI will issue a statement containing the identity and any other information that they are able to release.

When asked if he knew where the murder occurred, Sheriff Coursey pointed out that murder charges are handed down in the jurisdiction in which they occurred.

Both Sheriff Coursey and Morgan took the opportunity to offer condolences to the family and loved ones of Rev. Robert on behalf of their agencies, with Coursey also adding his personal condolences and prayers. 

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