For Immediate Release: Community Demands Arrest Be Made in Murder of DJ Broadus II
Michael Sampson, Jacksonville Community Action Committee
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Chioma Iwuoha, Family Representative
Justice4DJBroadus@gmail.com | ph 904-474-4874
Family, Local and National Community Organizations Demand Florida State Attorney William Cervone Arrest & Charge Gardner Kent Fraser for Role in Murder of Dominic Jerome “D.J.” Broadus
Macclenny, Florida - On February 3rd, 31-year-old Dominic Jerome “D.J.” Broadus II was shot and killed, execution style. When police arrived at 5726 Southern States Nursery Road, the scene of the murder, they questioned Gardner Kent Fraser, the only known person to be at the scene at the time of the shooting. The police report has been heavily redacted and despite mounting evidence that Fraser shot Broadus, no charges have been filed. Fraser is the son of Ryan T. Fraser, fired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office deputy and recently retired Baker County Sheriff’s Office deputy.
Sign Petition Demanding Justice for DJ Broadus II
Despite mounting evidence and working under the cloak of transparency and fairness, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Office of State Attorney William Cervone-8th Judicial Circuit has not made an arrest in the February 3, 2018 execution-style murder of Dominic Jerome Broadus, II in Macclenny, Florida.
The grieving family and community organizations ask for the general public’s support to demand that the Office of State Attorney William Cervone- 8th Judicial Circuit:
1. Instruct that Florida Department of Law Enforcement make an immediate arrest and charge Gardner K. Fraser for his role in the execution of Dominic Jerome Broadus, II.
2. Release the State Medical Examiner's complete autopsy report to the family's independent pathologist so they can complete their analysis.
3. Explain why Gardner K. Fraser has been allowed to roam free for over four weeks without charges for DJ's murder.
4. Petition the FBI’s Public Corruption division to conduct an immediate investigation into Baker County Sheriff’s Office as it relates to procurement of evidence and nepotism within this law enforcement agency.
Sign the Petition here: Demand FL State Attorney Arrest & Charge Gardner Kent Fraser for the murder of DJ Broadus.
Support the family with legal costs: Justice 4 DJ Broadus: Legal Expenses & Independent Autopsy
The family and community strongly believe that without direct pressure on all investigating law enforcement agencies the investigation in DJ’s murder will stall. It was not until a mass call-in day to the State’s Attorney Office on March 5th did the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) exercise a warrant to search a pond on the property of Gardner Kent Fraser on March 6th. The pond was long expected to be a possible location of evidence that could help explain the connection between Gardner and DJ. It is outrageous that it took a mass community call-in day for the State’s Attorney and the FDLE to further the investigation.
The Family of Dominic Jerome Broadus II, alongside the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter - Tampa, Showing Up for Racial Justice Tampa (SURJ), Racial Justice Coalition - Tampa, ANSWER Coalition- Florida, Peacebuilding Connections, Restorative Justice Coalition, Color Of Change, Community Justice Project, and Justice First insist that all demands above are met immediately.
According to police and medical examiner reports, Broadus’ body was found at a residence on Southern States Nursery Road in Baker County, Florida, on February 3rd with at least three gunshot wounds to his head. Deputies arrived on the scene responding to a call about a shooting and took Fraser in for questioning, later releasing him and filing no charges. It is clear that nepotism and corruption in the Baker County Sheriff's office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is leading to an impartial investigation and an intentional concealing of information in order to protect Fraser.
“The fact that the suspect is a longtime, well-connected, Baker County resident and the son of a former deputy Sheriff, gives us great concern about the fairness of the process,” said Del Mesha Swain and Dominic Jerome Broadus in a statement about their son’s death. “As parents, our hopes are that a thorough, honest, and unbiased investigation will be conducted.”
D.J. Broadus II was a son, brother, father and trusted friend. He was a musician and the family storyteller. A Jacksonville native, he graduated from Naples American High School in Naples, Italy and attended Florida State College at Jacksonville.
The family is asking for anyone who may have any information to help in the investigation of their son’s murder to contact them at Justice4DJBroadus@gmail.com or (904) 474-4874, the lead investigator on the case Detective Hollycross at (904) 360-7100 and the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville at (352) 374-3670.
Black Lives Matter - Tampa
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Racial Justice Coalition - Tampa Based
Answer Coalition - Florida
Restorative Justice Coalition
Color Of Change
Community Justice Project
Jacksonville Community Action Committee