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 October 14th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives arrest James Adrien Westberry for the first-degree murder of homeless north-county man Reason Jacob Young, Jr.
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara today announced the arrest of Adrien Westberry, 55, who is homeless for the first-degree murder of another homeless, north-county man, Reason Jacob Young, Jr., 54.

At a news conference today, Sheriff Mascara said Westberry killed Young because Young was panhandling at the corner of North U.S.1 and the Turnpike Feeder Road, and Westberry wanted that corner for his own panhandling.

The Sheriff said the murder took place on Thursday. The body was discovered Saturday night. Westberry was arrested Sunday night. He is being held without bond at the St. Lucie County jail charged with pre-meditated first-degree murder.

At today's news conference, Sheriff Mascara gave this statement:

On Saturday, October 12, 2013, deputies were dispatched to the Shell Station located at North US #1 and the Feeder Route (6315 North US # 1) in St. Lucie County for a deceased male located in the woods.

Deputies found the deceased (Reason Jacob Young Jr.) in the woods behind the business. The deceased was covered by a blanket. The decease was lying on his back and had visible trauma to his forehead. From an inspection of the crime scene, it appeared that there was a significant fight and struggle.

Through our investigation, it was determined that Young had not been seen since Thursday, October 10, 2013. Young was involved in a dispute with a James Westberry over the rights to panhandle at the corner of North US# 1 and the Feeder Route and the wooded camp site.

Westberry was initially at the scene when our deputies arrived. However, he fled from the scene. Westberry was located the following day Sunday, October 13, 2013 and taken into custody.

During an interview, Westberry gave pertinent details which were consistent with facts discovered at the crime scene. Westberry made statements that law enforcement had intercepted him as he was intending to return to the crime scene to set a fire to destroy all evidence of the crime.

Following the interview, Westberry was placed under arrest and charged with 1st Degree Murder and transported to the St. Lucie County Jail.

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