Arrest Made in 3-year-old Murder Case

By: Mark Vaughn, WJHG-TV
By: Mark Vaughn, WJHG-TV

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspected killer.

Random Matthew Jackson is charged with the September 2005 murder of Justin Jay Curcie in Wewahitchka. Curcie's remains were scattered over a two mile wooded area, and it took the medical examiner's office seven months to identify him.

It has taken even longer to identify a suspect, but they believe they have their man.

On September 12, 2005, Gulf County sheriff's deputies found the remains of Justin Curcie scattered through a two mile wooded area in Wewahitchka. Three years later, they have finally made an arrest.

Random Matthew Jackson, 22 years old, of Wewahitchka, was arrested today on an open count of murder.

Joe Nugent, Gulf County Sheriff, said, “Investigators from the Gulf County Sheriff's Office and Florida Department of Law Enforcement served the arrest warrant on Jackson at Washington County Correctional Institute where Jackson is being held on unrelated charges."

Sheriff Nugent says arresting Jackson was not a random move.

"It's been ongoing. He's been a suspect almost from the very beginning. We've eliminated several other suspects. We've just been working down the road and trying to get everything aligned and we finally got enough witnesses together that we feel we have a very good case."

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office has been investigating this case for three years, and after their hard work and even going door to door to develop leads, they are glad this day has come.

"We're very glad to bring closure to this for the family. Both parents have been notified and they understand what's going on."

Jackson is being held without bond, and he was taken back the state facility where he'll stay until he appears before a grand jury for indictment.

Sheriff Nugent isn't releasing a motive. He says they are still interviewing witnesses in the case.

Random Jackson will be transported from Washington County to Gulf County for his trial until he completes the remaining year of a two year sentence on drug charges. Once he serves that sentence, he will be transported to Gulf County.

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  • by nicky Location: gulf county on Oct 8, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    jackson didnt kill justin , somebody else did.
  • by Jaycob Davis Location: Wewahitchka on Oct 1, 2008 at 06:58 PM
    Iknew both Random and kercie. I told officer Cole in wewahitchka when it happend Random does not scare me and i hope that he is punished to the fullest i would love to see him again... what he did was wrong he took a very good friend LIKE A BROTHER there are two more people who was with random that they still need to get they deserve to be behind bars. I dont know thier names but i know were they live ones name is man he;s a black guy about 24 and the other they call the hawain he well a hawwian and about26 i hope someone reads this and does something to these people THEY DESERVE IT. We ♥miss him♥
  • by Stuart Location: Enterprise on Sep 4, 2008 at 12:36 PM
    Very good work by the Gulf County Sheriff's office.
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