WEST DELRAY BEACH COMMUNITY’S VIDEO SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM KEY TO ARREST, CONVICTION.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Saturnia Isles resident Jeremy Kirkwood was just sentenced to life in prison following his Thursday conviction on a murder charge. As BocaNewsNow.com reported in August of 2021, Kirkwood was accused of killing a man in East Delray Beach, then returning home roughly 20 minutes after the murder. His departure — and return — were captured on the Saturnia Isles surveillance system.
As we did in our initial reporting, we are publishing the police report filed by the City of Delray Beach Police Department which outlines the murder and the work of City of Delray Beach detectives.
“On August 20, 2021, Delray Beach Police Department responded to the location of 900 block of SW 8th Ave in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, who was later identified as Marice Keith Marshall, laying on the sidewalk in front of 722 SW 9th Ct suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Marshall was transported to Delray Medical Center and pronounced deceased at 8:02 PM. A canvass of the crime scene yielded a single 9mm spent shell casing in close proximity to where Marshall was found shot.
Per the Palm Beach Medical Examiner’s Office, Marshall’s cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide. Three projectiles were located inside of Marshall following an autopsy. Video surveillance was located near the crime scene which provided Detectives with a suspect vehicle, a white, older model Mercedes M-class SUV. A unique and distinguishing feature of the suspect vehicle was that the right rear back window was broken, and the glass was completely missing before and during the homicide. Video surveillance also captures 8 audible gunshots in rapid succession and then a subject can be heard screaming for help immediately after. The suspect vehicle can be seen on video surveillance Investigative leads established a suspect by the name of Jeremy Kirkwood. Records show that on August 9, 2021, Delray Beach Police conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 white Mercedes SUV with FL tag (redacted) for a traffic violation. Kirkwood was issued a citation for a turn signal violation pursuant to FSS 316.155 (1). Jeremy Kirkwood was the sole occupant and driver of the vehicle. It was determined that the white Mercedes was registered to Wendy Maria Clarke. According to DAVID, the white Mercedes is registered to 9557 New Waterford Cove, Delray Beach. A review of law enforcement and public access databases showed that Kirkwood also resides at 9557 New Waterford Cove with Clarke.
On August 21, 2021, Delray Beach Detectives responded to 9557 New Waterford Cove where they located the white Mercedes SUV with a broken back right window, which is consistent with what was seen on the surveillance footage obtained the night of the homicide. Investigators also observed Kirkwood in and out of a black Dodge Durango while cleaning the Mercedes. The Durango was parked next to the Mercedes in the driveway of 9557 New Waterford Cove. Investigators also reviewed the video surveillance system from the front security entrance gate of Saturnia Isles, the development in which Kirkwood resides.
At approximately 7:53 PM on 08/20/2021, just 23 minutes after the homicide occurred, a white Mercedes with a broken rear passenger window can be seen coming through the resident gate. From the location of the homicide to 9557 New Waterford Cove, it is approximately 10.4 miles. On August 21, 2021, a search warrant was executed at 9557 New Waterford Cove. A search of the residence yielded Kirkwood’s LG cellphone. Investigators also searched the black Dodge Durango located in the driveway. Based on the VIN, the Durango is registered to Clarke. It should be noted that on 03/21/2021, Kirkwood was stopped driving the above-mentioned Durango. Kirkwood was arrested and issued citations for no tag light, no motor vehicle regist license with knowledge and driving with a suspended license. Inside the black Durango was a 9MM Smith and Wesson M&P Shield (SERIAL #: HDD0263). Upon inspecting the firearm, it was determined that the magazine (8 round capacity) was empty, which is consistent with the 8 gunshots that were heard from the surveillance video obtained by investigators.
Also located inside the black Dodge Durango was .40 caliber handgun ammunition. While on scene I conducted an interview with Clarke. Post Miranda, Clarke confirmed that Kirkwood frequently uses her white Mercedes SUV. Clarke stated that Kirkwood had possession of the white Mercedes SUV on 08/20/21 after she arrived home from work sometime after 5:00 PM, and he did not return with the car until just before dark. Clarke was also shown a still photo of the white Mercedes that was captured from the surveillance video obtained the night of the homicide. She confirmed that the photo shown to her was her vehicle. Clarke also stated she has not been in the black Durango for an extended period of time. Clarke advised that she does not own a firearm, nor did she have any knowledge of the firearm located inside the Durango. Post Miranda Kirkwood denied being in the area of the homicide. Kirkwood originally stated that on 08/20/21, he was driving a black Toyota Matrix, but after being confronted about lying, Kirkwood admitted that he was driving Clarke’s white Mercedes SUV and that he was the sole occupant in the vehicle.
A photo of Marshall was shown to Kirkwood. Kirkwood denied knowing who Marshall was and denied that he has ever seen Marshall before. Kirkwood Kirkwood stated that he was in the City of Delray Beach on 08/20/21.
Kirkwood stated that he had no knowledge of the firearm located inside the Durango. On August 23, 2021, after obtaining a search warrant to search Kirkwood`s phone, I located a text thread between Kirkwood and “Marvin.” In the text thread, Kirkwood shares photos of Marshall. Kirkwood also states, he was given the wrong caliber ammunition, that he had a 9MM and not 40 caliber ammunition. On August 25, 2021, the 9MM Smith and Wesson M&P Shield (SERIAL #: HDD0263) and the casing recovered from the crime scene were sent to PBSO to be compared 2021, the PBSO Crime Lab Firearms Unit confirmed that the shell çasing collected from On September 17, the scene was fired from the 9MM Smith and Wesson M&P Shield (ŞERIAL #: HDD0263).
A criminal history check of Kirkwood revealed that he is a convicted felon, with his conviction date being 02/06/2017. Based on the above facts, probable cause exists to charge the defendant, Jeremy Bernard Kirkwood, with First Degree Murder with a Firearm F.S. 782.04 (1) (a) 1 & 2 and 775. 087 (1) and Felon in Possession of a Firearm F.S. 775.087 (2) and 790.23 (1) (a), (c), and (e) and (3).”
Per Florida Statute, Kirkwood will spend the rest of his life prison, according to documents just filed with the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts.
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