• Investigators re-examining cases involving 3 Jacksonville officers accused of evidence tampering

    By: Bridgette Matter , Action News Jax


    In February, Jacksonville officers Lance Griffis, Bryan Turner and Kyle Kvies were arrested after a deadly officer-involved shooting in Durkeeville.

    After their arrest, 41 cases were dismissed by prosecutors.

    The three officers were charged with evidence tampering.

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    According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, while the three officers were undercover, 22-year-old Jerome Allen tried to rob them and Officer Turner allegedly shot and killed him.

    The three officers are accused of hiding beer that was in their car as props while they were undercover. The officers were arrested and released on their own recognizance

    Their arraignment date has been pushed back 17 times. Now the state attorney’s office will take a closer look at all the cases in which these officers have been involved.

    They are keeping a Brady/Giglio list; the three officers are currently on it.

    The state attorney’s office will now notify defense attorneys whose clients' cases involved the three now-charged officers that there may be credibility issues.

    Action News Jax law and safety expert Dale Carson said it’s a way of making the legal process more transparent.

    “Officers who have their credibility questioned, we know that in advance. The state attorney's office is aware of information, which gives them better insight on whether or not to charge an individual of a crime,” Carson said.

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    Carson said it’s rare for a state attorney’s office to have to keep tabs on officers this way.

    Sheriff Mike Williams sent us this statement:

    “I wholeheartedly endorse State Attorney (Melissa) Nelson’s efforts to comply with court mandates and decisions regarding Brady/Giglio requirements and, of course, will support her efforts.”

    The state attorney’s office also sent us a statement saying it is following the law and that it is required to meet disclosure demands during due process. 

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