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Teen extradited to Marion County to face attempted homicide charges

In a significant development, on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, juvenile Jaquavius McClain (DOB: 05/02/2006) was successfully extradited from Lowndes County, Georgia, to the Marion County Jail. McClain is set to face charges of Attempted Homicide, Attempted Carjacking with a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by an individual under 18 years of age.

The charges are linked to a harrowing incident that unfolded on July 5, 2023, at the Petro Truck Stop located at 7401 West Highway 318, Reddick. Responding to an attempted armed carjacking and shooting, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies discovered an adult white male with a gunshot wound to the head. Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) promptly provided trauma care, and the victim was transported to the hospital. The investigation into this incident was spearheaded by Major Crimes Detective Andrew Canterberry.

The probe unveiled that the victim and his wife were targeted while parked at the gas pumps. A GMC pick-up truck, occupied by McClain and co-defendant Christopher Riley (DOB: 06/07/1994), pulled alongside them. Riley, armed with a handgun provided by McClain, fired two shots, critically injuring the victim. The assailants fled the scene in the GMC pick-up, which was later linked to an attempted carjacking in Clearwater on the same day. Notably, the GMC pick-up had been stolen during an armed carjacking in Valdosta, Georgia, in the early morning hours of July 5.

Valdosta Police Department apprehended McClain and Riley on July 7, 2023, in Lowndes County, Georgia, where they faced charges related to incidents in that jurisdiction. Detective Canterberry subsequently secured warrants for their arrests in Marion County, facilitating their extradition once the legal matters in Georgia were addressed.

While Christopher Riley awaits extradition, Jaquavius McClain is currently held without bond in the Marion County Jail, ready to face the attempted homicide charges that have been brought against him.

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