…about the author.

I am a native Amelia Islander. This blog began as a way to write about a specific environmental concern and find an outlet for, I hope, positive ideas. Eventually the topics became more varied and cover anything from a new restaurant, to tax incentives for green construction.

Thanks for reading!

Edward E. Boner

  • Grand Theft Suspect Arrested
    Press Release Fernandina Beach Police Department Submitted by James T. Hurley, Chief March 26, 2015 11:10 a.m. Paul Voisinet left his beach bag unattended for a few minutes as he walked back to his car for a moment. As he … Continue reading →
  • Tourism: We & Them – An opinion
    Submitted by Malcolm Noden March 25, 2015 1:00 p.m. Much has been said and written about tourism and its wide ranging effects upon local communities. One important issue concerns the question of how we feel about, and behave towards tourists, … Continue reading →
  • Florida Department of Health in Nassau County addresses county health rankings
    Media Release Florida Department of Health – Nassau County Vicki D. Roberts, Administrative Secretary (904) 548-1800 x5328 March 25, 2015 8:30 a.m. NASSAU COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Nassau County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes … Continue reading →
  • Marlin & Barrel Distillery Grand Opening
    Submitted by Gerry Clare Roving Reporter March 25, 2015 1:00 a.m. Another foggy morning did not dampen the “spirits” of those who attended the Chamber ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new distillery at 115 South Second Street on … Continue reading →
  • Tough Times, Strong Women – Tales from old Fernandina on April 18
    Amelia Island Museum of History Information Release Submitted by Jennifer Harrison It pays to keep a regular eye on the Amelia Island Museum of History’s webpage, www.ameliamuseum.org . New and exciting programs, events, and trips are occurring more and more … Continue reading →
  • City Proclamations for March 2015
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 24, 2015 10:00 a.m. The Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) joined other communities in recognizing the Girl Scouts of America on their 103rd birthday. Local Girl Scouts opened the March … Continue reading →
  • Vice Mayor Johnny Miller: the FBCC’s bag man
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 24, 2015 9:15 a.m.   At the March 17, 2015 Fernandina Beach City Commission (FBCC) meeting, Vice Mayor Johnny Miller led the charge in support of Florida Senate Bill 966 … Continue reading →
  • City Finance matters from the March 17, 2015 FBCC meeting
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 24, 2015 8:40 a.m. At the March 17, 2015 Fernandina Beach City Commission meeting, commissioners considered and discussed several matters relating to city finances. Annual Audit Mr. Ryan Tucker from … Continue reading →
  • Solution to ongoing drainage problems remains elusive
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 23, 2015 3:00 p.m. Everybody agrees there’s a problem, but nobody wants to assume responsibility (or the expense) to fix it. Pheasant Lane resident Janet Miller’s land appears to be … Continue reading →
  • MSTU changes in store for Nassau County municipalities
    Submitted by Suanne Z. Thamm Reporter – News Analyst March 23, 2015 11:30 a.m. The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) hosted the Fernandina Beach City Commissioners (FBCC) at the Page Governmental Complex in Yulee the evening of March … Continue reading →
  • RockTenn gives back to the Fernandina Beach community
    RockTenn’s Fernandina Beach mill has donated $10,000 worth of fire rescue equipment to the fire department.  An additional $10,000 was donated to the City of Fernandina Beach.Filed under: aifby chamber news Tagged: Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, City of Fernandina
  • 43!
    We know small business!  And, our small businesses know the powerful benefits we provide.  We are growing Nassau!  43 new members this year!  Looking for a local business?  http://web.islandchamber.com/searchFiled under: aifby chamber news Tagged: Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce, islandchamber.com
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony
    Paul Boyton, Chief Executive Officer with Rayonier Advanced Materials, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the development of the Eight Flags Energy, LLC, combined heat and power plant.  Eight Flags Energy Plant is being developed by Chesapeake Utilities Corporation.  The
  • Ribbon Cutting for Townies Pizzeria 3.21.15
      Thank you for everyone that came out to the ribbon cutting for Townies Pizzeria’s Grand Re-Opening! Congratulations to owner John Seifert! The renovations look great, stop by and see them.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: ribbon cutting,
  • Business After Hours at The Surf Restaurant & Bar 3.19.15
     Filed under: aifby chamber news, events Tagged: Business After Hours, The Surf Restaurant & Bar
  • Ribbon Cutting for Marlin & Barrel Distillery on 3.20.15
    Thank you to everyone that came out to the Marlin & Barrel Distillery ribbon cutting. They had a great turn out! Please stop by and visit with Roger and Heather Morenc at Marlin & Barrel Distillery, they have done a
  • Ribbon Cutting for NLP Homes, LLC on 3.17.15
    Thank you to everyone that came out to the ribbon cutting for NLP Homes, LLC. They were celebrating ground breaking with Phase III of Cypress Trails.Filed under: aifby chamber member news, events Tagged: Cypress Trails, LLC, NLP Homes, ribbon cutting
  • Quarterly Luncheon Speaker Announced
    We are pleased to announce that Mark Frisch, owner of the Jacksonville Armada Football Club will be our guest speaker at the March 31, 2015 Quarterly Luncheon. Mark Frisch is the owner of the Jacksonville Armada Football Club. In 2012,
  • 2nd Annual Nassau County Government Day
    Nassau County, FL – The Property Appraiser’s Office, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Office and other county departments, will host the 2nd Annual Nassau County Government Day on Saturday, April 4th featuring a charity softball game to help raise awareness
  • Rendezvous Film and Music Festival
    Amelia Island March 4, 2015-For the first time in film festival history Rendezvous has partnered with VidPlat, LLC to develop a native iOS mobile application allowing everyone participating in the festival from filmmakers to attendees the ability to crowd direct

FBPD is Fast to Respond!

James T. Hurley, Chief of Police
Fernandina Beach Police Department
(904) 277-7342 or (904) 753-4244 cell

​​Grand Theft Suspect Arrested

Paul Voisinet left his beach bag unattended for a few minutes as he walked back to his car for a moment. As he was returning to his spot on the beach he observed an individual entering a white car with a bag that looked strikingly familiar. He quickly confirmed that his own bag was now missing from where he had left it and he attempted to confront the man that was now leaving the beach parking lot in a white Impala with NC tags.
The suspect opted to quickly flee the area of Main Beach, driving in a reckless manner while a radio broadcast alerted officers and sheriff’s deputies throughout the County that a crime had just occurred. Nassau County Deputy Chauncey Mason located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The victim’s bag was observed in plain view and the suspect, Jamie Lee Call, was subsequently arrested for the grand theft.
During the course of inventory and investigation, multiple credit cards and identification cards were located, which immediately raised additional suspicion. A search of the names through multiple databases revealed that multiple victims existed, to include burglaries in Jacksonville, Yulee, and St. Mary’s, GA. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the St. Mary’s Police Department are both conducting related investigations from within their jurisdiction as a result of this arrest, and additional charges are also pending for the theft in Yulee.

Color it Green

Color it Green is a new boutique gift shop with a focus on sustainable, environmentally conscious gifts. Well worth a look, they are next door to Red Otter on Atlantic Avenue. Notable are the unusual candles and hand made items. 

Globally, the trend is toward sustainable energy, products and lifestyle.  Whether you look for walkability in a neighborhood, energy efficient homes or a coffee cup with recycled paper, far more people are aware of the importance of sustainability in every part of life. 



Energy Efficient Products
Save power with EnergyStar® and other energy-efficient products.

Recycled Content Products
Reduce waste by purchasing Environmental Protection Agency Consumer Product Guideline (CPG)-designated recycled products.

Water Efficient Products
Reduce water consumption with water-efficient products, such as WaterSense.

Bio-Based and Bio-Preferred Products
Biobased materials, like ethanol (corn-based), soy-based lubricants, bioplastics and other Bio-Preferred products, ensure sustainability.

Environmentally Preferable Products
Electronic products certified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT – this link leads to a nongovernment website) help reduce toxins and protect health.

Non-Ozone Depleting Substances
Purchase ozone-safe products to protect the earth’s atmosphere.

Energy Star
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR identifies and promotes energy-efficient products and practices that can help us all save money and protect the environment.

The Green Electronics Council maintains the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) to help purchasers evaluate, compare, and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. Registered products meet baseline criteria and are rated Gold, Silver, or Bronze based on their performance relative to 23 required and 28 optional criteria.

Design for the Environment
Design for the Environment works with manufacturers to create safer household and commercial chemical products, such as cleaners and detergents. Only products that meet our stringent criteria for human and environmental health are recognized with the DfE label. Using these products can protect your family’s health and the environment. DfE has over 2,500 recognized products so far.

WaterSense seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. The WaterSense label, which is independently certified, will indicate that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria.

Smartway Green Vehicle Guide
EPA scores vehicles on fuel economy, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions and publishes its findings in the Green Vehicle Guide. SmartWay and SmartWay Elite designated vehicles exceed environmental thresholds and have a higher environmental performance than other vehicles.

Burn Wise
Burn Wise is an EPA partnership program that works with manufacturers to bring cleaner wood-burning appliances to market and provides guidance to consumers on burning the right wood, the right way, in the right wood-burning appliance to protect human health and the environment.

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program helps the federal government “buy green” and in doing so, uses the federal government’s enormous buying power to stimulate market demand for green products and services. EPP’s purchasing tools and guidance for selecting products and services can assist vendors and businesses large and small with the procurement process.

Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is an EPA partnership program that provides guidance to companies to help them purchase green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use.

Plug-In To eCycling
Plug-In To eCycling is a partnership program between EPA and leading consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, and mobile service providers that fosters and promotes opportunities for individuals to donate or recycle their electronics. Go to the Plug-In Web site to learn how to donate or recycle your unwanted electronics.

Source: www.gsa.org and www.epa.gov




Fernandina Starbucks Makes Move!


With the larger….much improved location for Starbucks on Sadler Road, the quote below is interesting.  Do progressive areas draw Starbucks or do the criteria for a successful franchise equate to the same indicators we want to see in local real estate markets.  I would think the 1/4 mile radius is a little too small to offer a valid sample size, even if the sampling is spread across the country, but the idea of a walkable neighborhood with it’s own local coffee shop might translate into increased value.  Walkability is a huge trend across the country. 

The value of homes within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks rise faster than those that aren’t, according to real estate research group Zillow (Z).

With tens of thousands of Starbucks locations in the U.S., that’s good news for a lot of homeowners.

Between 1997 and 2013, home closer to the coffee shop increased in value by 96%, compared to 65% for all U.S. homes.  Source: www.zillow.com


Masters of Disguise

We all know why rabbits try to blend into the background, but I didn’t know alligators sometimes position themselves or use objects to lure birds.  The alligator to the left is probably hiding, but might also be waiting for a wading bird, likely to land in the floating carpet of water plants.


New research shows that alligators and crocodiles can use small sticks to attract birds looking for nesting materials. If the birds get too close, they become a meal. The behavior has so far been observed among American alligators in Louisiana, as well as mugger crocodiles (also known as marsh crocodiles) in India. Source: www.livescience.com


Concours D’Elegance 2015

Marlin & Barrel Grand Opening….or Pre-Ribbon Cutting


I’m looking forward to more diverse businesses opening here on the island.  Fernandina’s time under eight different flags and even the pirare or two in our history is a perfect mix for an island rum distillery.  A surprising group of people showed up for the “pre-ribbon cutting” event.    If the crowd is any indication, Marlin & Barrel will be here for a long time. 

Rum plays a part in the culture of most islands of the West Indies as well as in the The Maritimes and Newfoundland. This beverage has famous associations with the Royal Navy (where it was mixed with water or beer to make grog) and piracy (where it was consumed as bumbo).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum 

Welcome Bonhams!

Bonhams is a welcome addition to the island, extending the impact of “Concours 2015″ here on the island and providing a welcome addition to the City of Fernandina Beach Golf Course.  Information from the Bonhams website is below, with times and a link to the Amelia Island event.  I was lucky enough to preview some of the cars and event today…..all I can say is “IMPRESSIVE”.   

I’m wondering if a few savvy buyers will find their car to enjoy for the remainder of the week on Amelia, before shipping it home?   Regardless, this is a fantastic event and addition to the island.  Welcome Bonhams!  By the way, the event appears to be encouraging to local golfers.  The course manager said we are enjoying record play levels.  Whether from the extensive improvements at the course or from combined promotion by Bonhams, the result is visible!

Interested in seeing a Bonhams auction?  Their record is, I believe, around $38,000,000.00.  Amazing to me….!

Auction Times

The Amelia Island Auction
Thursday, March 12th 10am (Automobilia)
Thursday, March 12th 12pm (Motorcars)

Preview Times (Open to the public)


Tuesday, March 10th 10am – 6pm
Wednesday, March 11th 10am – 5pm
Thursday, March 12th 9am – 11am

Client Parking


Client parking is located at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport only. Bonhams will be operating continuous and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Bonhams Pavilion during Auction and Preview Days.

Parking Address: 650 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Bonhams will also be operating continuous and complimentary shuttle service to and from the Ritz-Carlton on March 12th, from 9am to 6pm. Pick ups will be at both the Bonhams Pavilion entrance and on the main drive of the Ritz-Carlton outside of the portico.

Admission to Preview & Auction


All Bonhams auctions are open to the public. The Amelia Island Auction Preview and Auction admission fees are:
– $100: Bonhams Amelia Island Catalog (allows two people entry)
– $20: Gallery Guide (allows one person entry)
– $150: Bidder Registration (includes one catalog, one gallery guide, and entry for two into all preview and auction days)



Bonhams is proud to partner with Micah’s place, a non-profit, certified domestic violence center serving the communities of Amelia Island and Nassau County in northeast Florida. By bidding on these lots, you will be supporting the efforts of Micah’s Place. To learn more about their extraordinary work, please visit Micah’s Place.






Early Spring on Amelia



Welcome Bonhams!

Bonhams is on Amelia Island for the first year. In addition to a fantastic impact on the local economy, the promotion of the island is on a very high level.

Thank you Bonhams and, in particular, Ms. Christi Osborne!

Subject: Bonhams New York Times ad

On the back page of Section One of today’s New York Times, Bonham Auction purchased a full page, four color ad promoting the Amelia Island auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club (picture attached). The cost of a full-run insertion such as this is easily more than $225,000!

Great exposure for the destination.”

Gil Langley, CAE
President & CEO
Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau

Press Release Copy Below….Proud of Local Police Department

Cold case, DNA evidence and a decades-old murder…..good to see this kind of police work!



Press Release

Fernandina Beach Police Department


By: James T. Hurley / Chief of Police

Date: February 23, 2015

Re: Homicide Case solved after Exhumation

For the past three years the Fernandina Beach Police Department has been actively working an open unsolved homicide case from 1987 and recently learned that the primary suspect, James Lee Hall, Jr., has been positively connected to the heinous crime through DNA identification.

The news came after an arduous process of evidence retrieval which involved uncooperative family members, legal reviews, search warrants, military process, and exhumation orders issued to authorities in Colorado to remove Hall’s body from a military cemetery for the collection of specific tissue containing DNA samples for comparison to that collected at the murder scene almost twenty-eight years ago. Hall left Amelia Island a short time after the murder of Janet Marie Robinson and died of natural causes in 2000.

Janet Robinson, formerly Simmons, 56 years of age, was brutally assaulted and murdered in her home at 722 South 10th Street, Fernandina Beach, on May 15, 1987. Jimmy Hall was an early suspect after being observed running from the scene, and he also had a history of similar assaults of older women in the neighborhood. Remarkably, Hall was dismissed by investigators after another man, Robert Way, insinuated he and another into the investigation by claiming responsibility. Both men were arrested for the murder, and then later released when an alibi emerged for the second man and Way then failed a polygraph examination, before recanting the confession altogether.

The case remained unsolved for many years. It was reopened three years ago and initial steps were taken to further the investigation. Department members always felt that this case “fell through the cracks,” and after Captain Jim Coe retired in 2011 it appeared that the case may end up back in a drawer. However, Coe agreed to come back to work as a part-time investigator, to review new cases, mentor young detectives, and most importantly, to renew focus on the Robinson homicide for the very same reason as fictional Homicide Detective Harry Bosch. Michael Connelly’s famous character is colorblind, often stating that in the pursuit of justice “everybody counts or nobody counts.” In fact, every dedicated police officer burns with a desire to see that nobody gets away with serious crime, especially murder, and Jim Coe always knew that modern technology and forensic science might one day afford us the opportunity to see justice served for the Robinson family. To close this case during Black History Month is also gratifying, considering the historical connections to the old Peck High School, and more significantly, to Robinson’s first husband, Jeremiah Mattox.


Janet Marie Simmons

Peck High School Class of 1949

“Most Popular”

Janet Simmons was one of the first students at the new Peck School in 1936, and was one of only a few students to spend her entire time there, graduating in 1949, which was the last graduating class at Peck High School. Her high school yearbook suggested that she was an accomplished singer and that she intended to pursue a career in Gospel music. She was voted “Most Popular” by her classmates, which include former Fernandina Beach Mayor Charles Albert.

She met Jeremiah “Jerry” Mattox and the two were married in 1950 at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. Mattox resided at 717 South 10th Street, which is directly across the street from where Janet was killed in 1987. Mattox had previously resided in St. Mary’s, Georgia, but was coaxed to Nassau County by Sheriff H. J. Youngblood in 1950 to become the first black deputy in Nassau County. Youngblood was reportedly looking for a “Jackie Robinson type” to patrol American Beach after a white deputy was attacked and severely injured at that location by two black men. .

On March 13, 1954 Deputy Jerry Mattox responded to a domestic violence call on 8th Street in Fernandina Beach and was shot and killed by the man he was trying to arrest, becoming the first black law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Nassau County. Janet and her friends were returning from the beach at that very moment and actually witnessed her husband’s death, according to reports. Janet remarried a few years later, but the marriage failed and, at some point, she moved to Cleveland, Ohio. She returned to Fernandina Beach around 1984 and worked as a cook at the Sandbar Restaurant.


Deputy Jerry Mattox is buried at Bosque Bello

(Surprisingly, no photograph has been located)

On May 15, 1987, the body of Janet Marie Robinson, 56 years of age, was found in her residence at 722 S. 10th Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida. Investigation revealed that she had been sexually assaulted and murdered. An autopsy was conducted on May 16, at 11:00 AM in Jacksonville, Florida. The Medical Examiner estimated the time of death at 24 to 36 hours from the time of autopsy and confirmed a sexual assault. The Medical Examiner identified the cause of death as asphyxia due to strangulation.

Early investigation into the homicide by Lieutenant Dana Davis of the Fernandina Beach Police Department appears to have initially identified the suspect as James Lee Hall, Jr. However, upon declaration of a purported eyewitness, Robert Jerome Way, the detectives investigating the crime abandoned Hall as the suspect and ultimately arrested Octavian Troy Brewton. Robert Way identified Brewton as the perpetrator of the murder and sexual assault and incriminated himself as the lookout. On May 27, 1987, both men were arrested and booked for the homicide.

The following day, on May 28th, Robert Way submitted to a polygraph examination administered by Woodley Polygraph Service of Jacksonville. After failing the polygraph, Way admitted to lying to the police about his statements and about his knowledge of the crime to the police. Way was adjudicated guilty of providing false information of a crime and was sentenced to six months in the Nassau County Jail. The State Attorney’s Office entered a nolle prosequi of the charges filed against Brewton, but Brewton remained in custody for a burglary that he had committed on the very night of the homicide, outside the city limits of Fernandina Beach.

The only significant physical evidence of the homicide found by law enforcement was located on the body of the victim. Biological evidence from the sexual assault kit enabled the crime lab to construct a DNA profile. The constructed DNA profile was foreign to the victim. The foreign DNA profile was determined to be consistent with originating from a male individual. Both Octavian Brewton and Robert Way were eliminated as the source of this foreign profile. The unknown subject linked to the recovered DNA has not been identified through the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

Fernandina Beach Police Department detectives investigating the crime never refocused their interest and investigation back to the original suspect, James Lee Hall, Jr. Hall appears to have left Florida to move to Colorado within months of Brewton having the charges against him dropped.


James Lee Hall, Jr. (1986)

Upon reopening this case, Detective Jim Coe focused on the statements and the alibi of James Lee Hall, Jr. as documented in the reports and notes of the original detectives (Davis, Carter and Thompson). Detective Coe noted significant discrepancies in Hall’s statements to the investigators with regard to: (1) when he last saw the victim, (2) when and if he was ever at her residence, and (3) his activities on the night of the homicide.

The discrepancies are illuminated by statements provided to Lieutenant Davis on May 16, 1987 at 1:15 AM and again at 5:15 PM by James Lee Hall, Jr. Lt. Davis documented in his notes his follow up of those initial statements and of the alibi witnesses provided by Hall.

Initially, Hall described the victim as a friend of his mother’s that he saw only when she visited. At first he stated he had never been to her residence. He later made a statement indicating that he had been to the victim’s residence to help her hang some blinds and to have lunch. It appears from the notes taken by Lt. Davis that the lunch he talks about took place the Tuesday before Ms. Robinson’s death. Hall said that he was supposed to build Ms. Robinson a dog house the week before, but had never gotten around to it. Hall told detectives that he saw the victim at the liquor store on Thursday, May 15th about 5:00 PM. That would have made him one of the last persons to see the victim alive, other than the liquor store clerks.

Hall told Lt. Davis that after seeing the victim at the liquor store he went home and stayed there all evening. He then added that he went to a neighbor’s house to help paint at about 6 or 7:00 PM. He did not know the neighbor’s name at first and then he identified him as “Allen.” He said he stayed at Allen’s place until about 10 or 11:00 PM. He left there and went to Miss Katy’s Place, 326 South 9th Street. Miss Katy’s at the time was a local drinking and dancing establishment. Hall said in his statement to detectives that he stayed there until about 1:00 AM (May 15th) and then went home and went to bed.

Lt. Davis interviewed Allen Melton who verified Hall came to his house to paint his kitchen. Melton said Hall left after dark, but he did not remember the exact time. Melton claims to have met up with Hall later at Star Reathea Perkins’s house. He said that he and others including Hall stayed “’til way after daylight.” When interviewed by detectives, Hall never mentioned anything about going to his friend Star’s residence.

According to Lt. Davis’s interview notes, Star Reathea Perkins confirmed that Hall came to her home that evening just before dark. Ms. Perkins said that she wanted Hall to stay with her and watch the HBO special “Hitchhiker” that came on about 11:00 PM. Perkins said that Hall told her he did not want to be walking the roads all hours of the night because the police might stop him. She said Hall left stating that he was going home. Perkins stated that she did not see Allen Melton that night.

Investigators were able to corroborate Star’s statement in reference to her recollection of the times she gave. The investigators reviewed the television guide for the evening of May 14th and found that the program “Hitchhiker” showed at 11:15 PM.

Google Maps indicates that Hall lives just a short three minute walk from Ms. Perkins and yet he does not put himself home until 1:00 AM. It should be noted that his route home would pass directly by the victim’s residence or 722 South 10th Street

Lt. Davis contacted Anthony L. Johnson. Anthony Johnson is apparently the “Anthony” that Hall used as an alibi witness to attest to his presence at Miss Katy’s. Johnson gave a brief statement indicating that he was at Miss Katy’s about closing time when he saw Jimmy Hall (James Lee Hall, Jr.) come in. Johnson said that Hall arrived at about 1:20 AM and left about 1:40 AM to go home. Anthony Johnson does not make any reference to leaving with Hall, which again contradicts the statement Hall gave to detectives.

Another witness, Theadessa Hamilton, told Lt. Davis and Detective Carter that she was having trouble sleeping and went for a walk. Ms. Hamilton, whose address was 828 S. 11th Street, was walking on S. 11th Street in the 700 block. She told detectives that she heard a tripping noise and a dog barking coming from the area of the victim’s residence. The noise made her turn and look in that direction and she observed Jimmy (James Lee Hall, Jr.) coming from that area running across (Tyler’s) backyard. Ms. Hamilton said she asked him for a cigarette. He slowed down a bit and said he did not have one and kept going. Ms. Hamilton said she heard noises behind his house which sounded like he went in a back door. Ms. Hamilton thought the time to be about 3:00 or 4:00 AM. She said she was sure it was Hall because she has known him for 20 years. Ms. Hamilton provided a written statement describing the event.

In a follow up interview conducted by in October of 2011 with Theadessa Hamilton (now Williams) she recalled the evening that she saw Jimmy Hall (James Lee Hall, Jr.) coming from the area behind the victim’s residence. Ms. Williams said she was walking north on S. 11th Street headed back to the Island Bar. Her recollection was that Jimmy appeared to be running from something and that he was sweating profusely. Ms. Williams said that she does not remember him having a shirt on at the time. She had not mentioned Hall being shirtless in her original statement, but did say he was running and in a hurry. She indicated that her family and the Hall family had all grown up together and lived in the same area for years. Ms. Williams said that at the time she really did not think much of the encounter. It was not until after the news of the murder was on the streets that she realized the significance of having seen Hall that night. Ms. Williams said that the word on the street was that Jimmy (James Lee Hall, Jr.) was responsible for the homicide. She said that after the other two guys were arrested all that talk died down.

Through a records check Coe discovered what appears to be a pattern of criminal activity involving James Lee Hall, Jr., which was extensive and included among other crimes: trespassing, burglary, domestic battery and at least one prior sexual battery. These crimes span at least three states: Florida, Kansas and Colorado.

Several of the criminal cases which occurred in Fernandina Beach, Florida, displayed a consistent pattern. The victims were friends of his mother, Coretha Hall, with whom James Lee Hall, Jr. lived with at the time. They were older females who lived alone. The assaults or attempted assaults were in close proximity to his residence and they occurred in the late evening or early morning hours.

Ms. Corona Jones, age 65, reported James Lee Hall, Jr. in her bedroom asleep on the floor. He entered her bedroom from a window over her bed in the early morning hours.

Ms. Beatrice Davis, age 70, lives next door to her friend, Coretha Hall. She reported that James Lee Hall, Jr. came into her residence uninvited and sexually assaulted her. The assault was interrupted by family members returning to the residence. Ms. Davis confided to Coretha Hall that James had also attempted to rape her a few years earlier, but she was able to fight him off.

The sexual assault that Ms. Davis describes in her written statement provided to Fernandina Beach Police Officer Missinne on November 29, 1986, is strikingly similar to the assault on the victim of this homicide, Ms. Robinson. Ms. Robinson, according to friends and neighbors, rarely allowed anyone in her home. The entry in this case was through an unlocked back door and was most likely uninvited. The position of the body and the clothing of the victim suggest a forceful assault wherein the suspect attempted to pin the victim to the floor while pulling down her bra and underclothes. This was exactly the same scenario as the assault on Ms. Davis which occurred barely six months prior. Ms. Davis decided not to pursue prosecution against James Lee Hall, Jr., and the charges were dropped, leaving Hall free from prosecution.

Law enforcement never obtained a DNA sample from James Lee Hall, Jr., so he was never entered into the DNA database for sexual offenders. Hall left Florida and moved to Colorado. It follows that because of the serial nature of his offenses, Colorado and other states may have open cases of sexual assaults or homicides that could be resolved by a submission of Hall’s DNA to CODIS, the national database. That submission should occur within the week.

Based on the information obtained from the original case files, the obvious false and misleading statements provided by the suspect and the apparent proclivity for violence towards women, there is probable cause to believe James Lee Hall, Jr. entered the home of Janet Marie Robinson on or about the night of May 14, 1987 or the early morning hours of May 15, 1987, and committed a sexual assault. During the course of the brutal sexual assault, James Lee Hall Jr., in his attempt to overcome the victim’s resistance suffocated her, causing her death.

After all these years, the only physical evidence to prove or disprove James Lee Hall, Jr. murdered Janet Robinson is a DNA sample from James Lee Hall, Jr. A Search and Seizure Warrant was granted and the body was exhumed at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado and evidence collected. The case has now been closed with the DNA identification of Hall. Whether Jimmy Hall remains interred at Fort Logan remains to be seen, as the military may elect to evict him from his honorable resting place.