Man arrested in connection with New Year’s Eve murder

Charles Edward Peterson, Jr. was arrested in Illinois and charged with murder.
Charles Edward Peterson, Jr. was arrested in Illinois and charged with murder.(Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 11:04 AM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Investigators have arrested a man in connection with a deadly shooting in Jackson County on New Year’s Eve.

Jackson County Sheriff Deputies responded to a 911 call about a shooting on 10th Avenue in Malone on December 31st. They say when they got there, they found a man dead in the front yard of a home. The victim has been identified as Quenton Beckwith.

“In the hours immediately following, the Criminal Investigations Division conducted numerous interviews, worked endless hours and executed multiple search warrants in reference to the case,” Sheriff Donnie Edenfield said.

Officials say investigators identified the suspect, as cousin of the victim, Charles Edward Peterson, Jr., and believed it was possible he had run to Illinois. On January 7th, they say they developed probable cause to charge Peterson. A warrant for Peterson’s arrest was issued.

“The warrant for Charles Edward Peterson, Jr. was adopted by the U.S. Marshals Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force in an effort to take him into immediate custody,” Edenfield said.

Tuesday, U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Peterson on a charge of murder.

Although the suspect is still being held in Illinois, Sheriff Edenfield says he will be extradited back to Florida to stand trial.

Sheriff Donnie Edenfield would like to thank the people of Jackson County who came forward and helped in this investigation. He says without their help, this arrest would have been more difficult.

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