Details continue to emerge in the state’s case against former Immokalee standout and former Florida Gator J.C. Jackson, who faces four first-degree felony counts in connection with an April 18 armed robbery in Gainesville.
The state’s discovery exhibit was filed with the Alachua County Clerk of Court on Tuesday contains witness accounts saying Jackson, who is no longer enrolled at UF, asked a teammate to tell police he was with him on the day in question.
Jackson was charged last month with three counts of home invasion with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling. Each charge carries a sentence of 10 years to life in prison.
According to the Gainesville police report, Jackson arranged the visit to the apartment to hang out and smoke marijuana with an acquaintance who lived there. Once he arrived, Jackson excused himself to use his phone outside and left his two unidentified companions inside with the three victims. With Jackson outside, one of his companions pulled a handgun, made the victims lie on the floor and demanded they empty their pockets.
The subject with the gun pushed it into Jackson’s acquaintance’s face and demanded drugs and money. The two suspects inside the residence fled with $382, an unknown amount of marijuana and two gaming systems.
Florida redshirt freshman tight end C’yontai Lewis, who was interviewed on July 9, told police he was friends with Jackson and the defensive back “started acting differently the last few months.” He added Jackson began spending time with a non-student known as “Bosie,” who provided Jackson with marijuana.
Lewis said he was at his girlfriend’s apartment the day of the robbery. At 4 p.m. he said he received a call from “Bosie,” who asked Lewis to check on his car downstairs at the apartment complex. When the tight end went downstairs, he walked past victim Nathan Morales’ apartment and Morales called out to him that “J.C. and his boy just robbed me.”
In the statement, Lewis said he called “Bosie” after and was told Jackson was with another friend Neal O’Neill. He talked to Jackson around 8 p.m. and the defensive back said “he didn’t do that” and he was with Neal.
Lewis said Jackson continued to text him asking him to tell law enforcement he was with Jackson all day.
Lewis, Florida defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan, receiver Demarcus Robinson, defensive back Duke Dawson and director of football operations George Wynn were listed as Category A witnesses by the state.
Naples-based attorney Christopher Brown, who is representing Jackson, could not be reached for comment.
Jackson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 9.