Man convicted in Orange Park nightclub shooting

Published On: Feb 01 2013 11:04:49 AM EST   Updated On: Feb 01 2013 11:06:08 AM EST

Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Antonio Morales


A Clay County jury convicted a 24-year-old Jacksonville man Thursday afternoon on a charge of first-degree attempted murder for his involvement in a 2011 shooting at Club Christopher's.

In August 2011, Antonio Morales was at the Orange Park nightclub when he got into an argument inside the club and was asked to leave.

While in the parking lot, Morales got into another fight with a different person, Kevelin Holmes. During the argument, Morales pulled out a gun, shot Holmes and then fled from the area in a car.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office spotted Morales' vehicle minutes after the shooting. Investigators recovered the weapon from under Morales' car seat and located a shell casing on the windshield wiper of the car.

"Thanks to the quick response by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, this defendant was captured and now will be off the streets of the First Coast for a very long time," Assistant State Attorney James Colaw said in a news release.

Morales faces 25 years to life in prison. He will be sentenced Feb. 27.

Holmes has recovered from his injuries.


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