JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Police arrested a 21-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy in connection with the murder of a 17-year-old Ribault High School student last year two days earlier, according to court records News4Jax received Thursday.
Roland Lamar Ball Jr. was arrested Tuesday and sent to Duval County Jail for the murder of Inandi Wyche, who was shot dead in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood of Jacksonville in March 2020.
Ball’s arrest comes two days after police arrest 16-year-old Xavion Porter on charges of a conspiracy related to the case. News4Jax names the minor based on the nature of the crime.
Wyche was found dead on March 19, 2020 when police were called to a shooting near Portsmouth Avenue and Norfolk Boulevard, one of five murders in Jacksonville that week. An acquaintance of the 17-year-old was wounded in the shooting, but he was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Police said at the time that a gray car pulled up in front of Wyche’s vehicle before two men got out and opened fire with an AK-47.
Roland Ball and Xavion Porter face murder charges in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Inandi Wyche.
Wyche’s family told News4Jax that the teen dropped a boyfriend after the couple went on a date.
Her family doesn’t believe Wyche, who has been described as a good student and cheerleader and wanted to attend Florida A&M University, was the intended destination – a belief that appears to be supported by newly released court documents.
According to an edited copy of Ball’s arrest warrant, the 21-year-old was identified as one of the people involved in Wyche’s murder. The fatal shootout was, according to police, in retaliation for the shooting at Daquan Saxton.
20-year-old Saxton was killed in a gunfight three blocks away on March 17, 2020. Investigators suspect these two shootings were linked to a March 18 shooting in which police found a light mounted on a gun.
Several witnesses identified Ball as a suspect in the case.
One of them, described as an eyewitness on the warrant, provided details of Wyche’s murder that had not yet been made public. That person told police they saw Ball get out of a vehicle armed with an automatic rifle on the night of March 19 and shoot the 17-year-old’s vehicle before it started.
A second witness, who also had detailed knowledge of the case, recalled hearing Ball confess to killing a month later.
The light on the gun recovered from one of the shooting scenes was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s crime lab for DNA testing, according to the arrest warrant, but the results of the FDLE report on DNA analysis have been edited.
However, the warrant found that investigators were reviewing pictures and videos showing Ball in the presence of firearms with lights and laser sights mounted.
Ball, described as a gang member in the arrest warrant and detention report, was on parole after being arrested in 2017 for trafficking in ecstasy and possession of a gun by a juvenile offender. He was arrested again on various charges in October 2020, but they were dropped.
He remains detained in Duval County Jail, where he is being held on more than $ 2 million bail while awaiting trial for second degree murder, heavy battery, and deadly missiles.
Ball did not appear at an initial prosecution hearing on Wednesday, but he was appointed public defense attorney. In addition to bail of $ 2,050,000, if Ball is able to leave bail, the judge must wear a GPS monitor and have no contact with the victim’s family.
Porter, on charges of conspiracy with murder, is being held on a $ 1 million bond.
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