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Jacksonville Beach Shooting Suspect Charles Pearce in Arizona Court Wednesday

6:27 PM, Feb 21, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- The man wanted in connection with the shooting death of a Jacksonville Beach man will be in court in Arizona Wednesday.

Charles Edward Pearce was arrested over the weekend in Arizona, after he was found sleeping in a vehicle around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Border Patrol agents who found him near Yuma checked him for warrants prior to releasing him, and discovered he was wanted in Jacksonville Beach in connection with the death of 42-year-old Michael McCue.

He will have an extradition hearing at 10 a.m. in Arizona Wednesday.

Extradition of suspects between states starts as a request from one governor to another.

Pearce faces an aggravated assault charge based on an incident in which he reportedly fired shots toward his stepfather. None of the shots hit him.

Jacksonville Beach police believe that incident may be related to the death of McCue, which was nearby.

McCue's family was scheduled to speak to the media about the arrest on Monday afternoon. However, McCue's twin brother Mitch said the State Attorney's Office has asked family members not to comment publicly.

However, Mitch McCue said news of the arrest is a big relief to the long-time Beaches family.

The lawn of McCue's childhood lawn on 6th Avenue North is filled with flowers from Saturday's memorial.

Friends of McCue also plan to help his memory live on by passing out hundreds of bumper stickers that say "Honk If You Love Mike McCue."

Mike Kaufmann, McCue's friend, told First Coast News he hopes to hear honks in the Beaches area for years to come.

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