Deputies identify victim, arrest suspect in deadly Citra stabbing


Marion County Sheriff's deputies have charged a man in connection with a deadly stabbing Tuesday in Citra.

Billy Dee Johnson, 39, is charged with the second degree murder of 65-year-old Alfred Jackson Jr. and attempted second degree murder in the stabbing of 54-year-old Eclinton Thomas, Jr.

Deputies responded to a disturbance at the home at 3105 NE 162nd Place around 6:30 a.m. They found Jackson and Thomas inside with multiple stab wounds. Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene and Thomas was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Deputies say they found Johnson with minor cuts. He was taken to the hospital and later jail on kidnapping and battery charges. On Wednesday night deputies upgraded the charges to murder. They say Johnson was arrested based on his "admissions and inconsistent statements during interviews."

He's being held without bond at the Marion County Jail.

Neighbor Gerald Austin said he heard what he thought were gunshots as he was leaving his Citra home for work around 5 a.m.

“I knew it was close when I heard them. Nothing ever crossed my mind like this though,” Austin said.

Neighbor Tracie Forster was at work when her phone rang.

"A guy who lives down the street said there was crime tape that was posted around my house, and wanted to make sure I was okay," Forster said. “It’s very unsettling because it’s usually really quiet around here. Everybody knows everybody and we all look out for one another. Just seeing all of this stuff is unsettling to me.”

The investigation is still ongoing.

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