BRADENTON -- A 26 year-old man, who twice previously slipped murder charges in unrelated cases, is now in Manatee County Jail on a new homicide charge.
Jerry Wayne Green was arrested by detectives from the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday on a warrant issued in connection with the April 1 murder of Carlos Albert Jurado at Sheridan Place apartments on 26th Avenue West.
Police say Jurado had been standing in a parking area at the Bradenton apartment complex at about 6:24 p.m. April 1 when he was shot several times. Jurado was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said the homicide unit has developed enough evidence to convince the State Attorney's Office to prosecute Green a third time for murder.
In court Tuesday, Green asked: "Do I have anyone to argue probable cause for me?"
Judge Diana Moreland told Green the public defender found no problem with probable cause nor did she or the judge who signed off on the warrant.
Police say Green's criminal history includes 29 prior arrests with the two previous murder charges.
The first homicide charge was leveled April 13, 2007, when Green was accused of second-degree murder in the death of Christopher Jenkins, 25, after the two fought April 8 at Club Nitros in Palmetto. Lack of cooperation from a key witness forced prosecutors to drop the charge.
Two years later, he was charged April 30, 2009, in the shooting death of Alex Dawson, 20, who was shot twice outside the door of his residence on the 1500 block of 10th Street West in Bradenton. A jury found Green not guilty Jan. 21, 2011.
When arrested Tuesday, Green had been out on bond for two other unrelated cases, including one in Pinellas County.
Green was charged Jan. 22 in St. Petersburg with being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm in public, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer without violence. He will appear in a Pinellas courtroom at 8:30 a.m. May 28.
In Manatee County he was arrested again April 10 for resisting arrest. He is due in a Manatee County courtroom for that case at 8:25 a.m. May 14.
Radzilowski praised the task force created in January for results in investigating the three 2013 homicides to date and arresting Green.
"It is an encouraging sign that the task force is using all its resources to come up with a good result for the community," Radzilowski said. "I just think it shows how well the task force is working together."
"I truly commend the detectives that are assigned to the Manatee Homicide Investigative Unit for their tireless efforts in solving this senseless murder, and bringing relief to the victim's family," Capt. Warren Merriman said in a news release.
Jessica De Leon, Law Enforcement Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.