JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The man accused of killing Shelby Farah, 20, during a Northside robbery last weekend waived his right to a court hearing Wednesday.
Police arrested James Rhodes Tuesday and charged him with robbing a Northside Metro PCS shop, then gunning down Shelby Farah in cold blood. Investigators say Shelby did everything the robber asked. She handed over the money, but was shot three times.
Shelby's mother, Darlene, had waited days outside the jail just to see her daughter's accused killer brought into court in shackles.
Farah's mother then stormed out of courtroom, outraged that the man accused of executing her daughter last weekend refused to appear for his hearing.
"It was just a relief that the scumbag is locked up," said Farah, "Now he doesn't have to show up for court. That's not right."
Paul Jackson is only a year older than Rhodes and grew up across the street from the accused killer's Northside home.
Jackson said, "From what I knew, he was a cool guy. But you know, looks can be deceiving."
Court records obtained by Action News paint a clear picture of the last few years Rhodes' spent in jail for violent crimes and weapons charges.
He got out a few months ago.
Now he's back behind bars again as the State Attorney's Office tells Action News it will seek the death penalty for Rhodes.