A lover’s triangle leads to the murder of a 27-year-old man in Jacksonville.
I’m looking at the police report from JSO which says kayakers called police to the Dinsmore Boat Ramp on November 4th after finding a body in the water. Investigators suspected foul play immediately and soon learned that the victim, Jerome Faulk, had been staying with Victor Gavillan-Martinez and his girlfriend Erica Roach at their mobile home on Normandy Blvd. But something went wrong.
"The suspect, boyfriend, became jealous of the victim, who was having a relationship with his girlfriend unbeknownst to him," said Lt. Rob Schoonover with JSO's Homicide Unit.
In the police report it says Roach told detectives Gavillan told her before she fell asleep that he planned to confront Faulk about a text message he sent to Roach asking her to perform oral sex on him. It goes on to say that when Roach woke up, Gavillan was standing over her covered in blood.
"He proceeded to beat him in the head and killed him at the Normandy address," said Lt. Schoonover.
The report says the two then loaded up Faulk's body, drove to the boat ramp, and dumped it. Gavillan then went back to the home, cleaned the blood-soaked carpet, painted the room, and burned the mattress in the backyard because it had blood on it.
On Monday, after several weeks of investigation, JSO detectives brought Gavillan and Roach in to interview. Gavillan chose to remain silent and is charged with murder, but Roach told police what happened and was charged with accessory after the fact.