Neighbor of killed Jacksonville grandmother charged with murder

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE: 6/13/17, 12:51 p.m.: The neighbor of the grandmother who was found dead in a Jacksonville home, is now being charged with murder.

The upgrade in the charges came Thursday afternoon.

Action News Jax has contacted JSO to confirm is the upgrage is related to the death of the grandmother.

UPDATE: 6/7/2019, 4:27 P.M.: The man neighbors say killed Jacksonville grandmother Shirley Blakely, is being held on separate charges.

Action News Jax reporter Brittney Verner is speaking with the neighbors and family about the man they say killed the grandmother -- she'll have the full report on CBS47 at 5 p.m. 

UPDATE 6/6/2019, 10:55 P.M.: Family members of Shirley Blakely, a woman who was killed Thursday, told Action News Jax's Ryan Nelson that she died in her son's arms, but not before naming her killer.

Blakely's granddaughter says she named a man that lived nearby.

"Before she died, she took her last breath in his arms and was telling him who shot her, or who stabbed her, OR whatever, and she pointed," Blakely's granddaughter, Mikesha Taylor said.

Taylor said Blakely had mentioned the man's name before, saying he believed Blakely had cursed him.

"They said something about a curse or something, like she did a curse on him," Taylor said. "She doesn't even believe in stuff like that."

We asked the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office if they’ve heard anything in reference to a curse, and if it may have been a possible motive in the killing. We’ll be sure to update you when we receive a response.

At this time, JSO said no arrest has been made and the case is still being investigated.

Original Story:

A local woman found dead at a home Thursday has been identified by family as Shirley Blakely. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Shirley's husband, Michael Blakely, said he was at work at the time. Police told him she was shot multiple times. They were married for more than 20 years.

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  • Police responded to the 2500 block of Beaverbrook Place in the Woodstock neighborhood in reference to a person who had possibly been shot
  • When officers arrived, they were directed to a home where a woman was found dead with "multiple injuries" to her body, according to JSO
  • The woman is between 50 to 60 years old
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