A man imprisoned for the murder of a teacher is now charged with the death of a woman missing since 2019
Jacksonville, Florida. A man imprisoned since December 2019 in connection with the murder of a high school teacher on the Atlantic Coast has been charged with the second murder of a missing woman who police now believe was killed around the same time the teacher was killed.
Zebulon Perkins was previously indicted for the murder of Vivien James, an Atlantic Coast High School teacher who was found strangled to death in her West Side home. Police said at the time of his arrest that they found Perkins driving James’ car.
James, 49, was found dead on the morning of December 28 at her home in Glenn Allan Courthouse near 103rd Street. Investigators said she was dead for 48 hours before a friend who came to check on her discovered her. Perkins was also charged with tampering with evidence and dealing in stolen property in that case.
During the investigation, JSO said, homicide investigators developed evidence that led them to believe Perkins may have committed another murder before James was killed.
They began investigating the disappearance of a woman last seen in 2019 and determined that she was murdered on December 25, 2019, on 103rd Street near I-295, about a mile from James’ home.
Perkins was indicted by a grand jury on November 18 with first-degree murder in the 2019 murder, and he also faces charges of burglary, dealing in stolen property, tampering with evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card.
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