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2nd arrest made in double-homicide investigation

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2nd arrest made in double-homicide investigation
Bill Kemp
 
| The Ledger

LAKELAND — Lakeland Police Department has made a second arrest in the double-homicide investigation of former city commissioner Edie Yates and her husband David Henderson.

According to a statement issued Saturday by LPD, detectives arrested Jarvis Michael Collins, 37, on Friday and charged him with six felonies including being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and dealing in stolen property.

For his role in the deaths of the prominent Lakeland couple, Collins is being held on a combined $135,000 bail, according to Polk County Jail records.

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Marcelle Jerrill Waldon, 36, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Yates, 67, and Henderson, 63, at their 127 Lake Morton Dr. home on Nov. 10. He remains held at the county jail with no bond.

According to the LPD, on Nov. 11, Collins pawned jewelry that was removed from the couple’s home at two pawn shops in Lakeland. He admitted to investigators he pawned jewelry given to him by Waldon.

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Investigators also found evidence at both businesses confirming Collins as the person who pawned the items.

The deaths of Yates and Henderson has gripped the community since their bodies were discovered at their home, both stabbed to death. During the press conference to announce Waldon’s arrest, Lakeland Assistant Police Chief Sam Taylor described the crime scene in the couple’s bedroom as one of the most horrific he had witnessed in his 32-year career.

According to police, on the morning of their deaths, Henderson had left the home to drive to Fat Jack’s Deli & Pub to get breakfast for the couple. Authorities believe at that point Waldon entered the home through a door left unlocked.

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When Henderson returned, he would eventually find his wife in the master bedroom where she had been tied up and repeatedly stabbed. Waldon, police said, was waiting.

“We think that it was a random act,” Taylor said at the Nov. 12 press conference. “As far as we know, we have not been able to locate any relation between him and the victims. There may, in fact, be some relationship that we’re able to determine down the road, but we do not, at this point in the investigation, have any reason to believe that he knew either one of the victims at all.”

In addition to the two counts of first-degree murder, Waldon has been charged with eight other felonies including armed burglary with assault and battery, kidnapping and inflicting bodily harm with intent to terrorize a victim, grand theft of a motor vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree arson and uttering a false bank note or check draft.

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The second arrest in the case comes less than a week after an emotional candlelight vigil was held outside the couple’s home on Nov. 15. More than 150 people gathered for the vigil.

Bill Kemp can be reached at WKemp@Gannett.com.

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