'Jerk' murder suspect arrested by Manatee homicide investigators

jdeleon@bradenton.comMay 9, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The last desperate few minutes of murder victim Carlos Jurado's life are detailed in the arrest report from the Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit, which reported its prime murder suspect is nicknamed the "Jerk."

Phone records could also be a key to the murder probe.

After more than a month of investigation, the Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit made an arrest Tuesday in the April 1 slaying. Suspect Jerry Green, known on the street as "Jerk," was arrested by Bradenton Police Detective Jim Curulla and other members of the unit.

"Witness stated (Jurado) was outside when he heard the victim yell, 'No, no, no!'" Curulla wrote in the arrest warrant. "The witness saw Jerk shoot and kill the victim."

The witness, not identified for safety reasons, reached out to Curulla anonymously and was able to identify Green in a lineup as the shooter.

The witness contacted Curulla April 2 and then again April 3.

"The message stated that they witnessed the shooting at the 'Sheridan Place' and believes Jerk's real name is Jerry Waiters, and Jerk is his street name," Curulla wrote.

Curulla already knew the name and the person.

"I am very familiar with a ... male named Jerry Green and know that his street name is Jerk. I also knew that Jerry Green's mother is Ellisa Waiters," Curulla wrote.

On the night of the murder at Sheridan Place Apartments, detectives spoke with Irma Gonzalez, the victim's girlfriend. Gonzalez told police she last saw Jurado when he dropped her off at home about 4 p.m. April 1, leaving in her car to pick his up.

After Gonzalez reported the car stolen, the GPS device located the vehicle at 2176 Gulf City Road in Ruskin.

A fingerprint lifted April 8 from the stolen vehicle came back identifying Danny Deleon, who told detectives he was last in the car with Jurado and mutual friend Luis "Looney" Ruiz the day before when they sat in it drinking beer.

Before his arrest, Green reportedly came into contact with authorities April 10 although it couldn't be proven.

A Manatee County deputy on U.S. 301 reportedly observed a red Volkswagen going northbound at 124 mph in a posted 55-mph zone. Multiple units tried to stop the vehicle but failed. The MSO Helicopter Watch Unit located the vehicle and deputies reportedly saw the driver enter a home on the 500 block of 32nd Avenue East.

"The residence was surrounded and the homeowner, who was asleep in the house at the time, allowed a search of the residence. A ... male was located in a child's bedroom. He was identified as Jerry Wayne Green Jr.," Curulla wrote.

The deputy who tried to stop the speeding car was unable to identify the driver and Green denied driving it.

"As none of people on scene claimed the vehicle, it was treated as abandoned. All property from inside the vehicle, including several phones, was searched without a warrant," Curulla wrote.

Detectives reportedly determined the vehicle had been rented at Hertz Rental Cars to Tierney Lyle, Green's girlfriend. Rental records revealed Lyle had rented a silver 4-door Chevy Cruze from March 18 to April 4.

Witnesses at the scene of Jurado's murder said they saw a silver four-door car with dark-tinted windows fleeing the scene.

A rental car representative told detectives two males returned the silver car April 2 in exchange for another. The car had adhesive dark tints they were to be charged $200 to remove. The men returned later that day, having removed the tints.

A text message from one of the cell phones found in the rental car reportedly said, "So wtf you at Jerk."

Call logs for all recovered phones were obtained through a court order.

"One of the recovered phones shows incoming and outgoing calls with Mr. Juardo's cell phone, even after the time he was pronounced dead. The cell site puts the phone within the area of the homicide and also shows it a short time later in the Ruskin area where the deceased's car was left," Curulla wrote.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. Follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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