According to Coral Spring Talks, an argument over smoking marijuana led to a double attempted murder at the Island Club apartments. The suspect, Artner Jocelyn, 26, was arguing with his mother and her boyfriend, Cenel Saul, about Jocelyn’s use of pot outside and inside the apartment.
The police report indicates that the argument escalated and Jocelyn stabbed Saul five to six times with a kitchen knife, wounding him in the head, neck and back. Per the report, he then went into the master bedroom and stabbed his mother, Jesula Fleurier, eight to 10 times. At this point, these are allegations as reported as we do not have personal knowledge of these alleged facts.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Saul ran from the scene and Jocelyn chased him on foot. Jocelyn abandoned the pursuit when he saw multiple people outside of the neighboring apartment building. The article went on to claim that Jocelyn then entered Saul’s vehicle. Police arrived shortly after, arrested Jocelyn, and reported that they found a kitchen knife in the vehicle.
In the state of Florida, a conviction for first-degree attempted murder comes with severe penalties including many years in prison, probation, and fines. If you are facing charges for murder or attempted murder, contact Leader & Leader P.A. to discuss your defense options.
Depending on the facts of your case, it may be possible to convince the court to reduce your charges or penalties, or to dismiss your case altogether. Michael D. Leader is a criminal lawyer in Fort Lauderdale who will evaluate your case in a free consultation. Call 954-523-2020 today to start planning your defense.
What Does the Prosecuting Authority Have to Prove in a First-Degree Attempted Murder Case?
First-degree attempted murder is the premeditated attempt to kill a person or the attempted killing of a person while a felony is being committed. The penalties for first-degree attempted murder are harsher than those of second-degree charges, for which the crime was not premeditated or related to a felony act.
According to the Florida Standard Jury Instructions, in order to convict a defendant of first-degree attempted murder, the prosecuting authority must prove:
- The defendant committed a willful act that was intended to kill the victim that went beyond just talking or thinking about it;
- The murder was premeditated; and
- That act would have killed the victim but the defendant either failed to do so or something prevented the defendant from doing so.
What Are the Penalties for the Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer?
The attempted murder of a law enforcement officer (LEO) is one of the most serious crimes a person can commit in Florida. A conviction for first-degree attempted murder of a LEO comes with a life prison sentence.
If you are facing charges for murder or attempted murder, turn to Leader & Leader P.A. Our criminal lawyers have more than 80 years of combined legal experience. Our office is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 954-523-2020 to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale.