Arrest announced in 2012 beating death

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 30-year-old is facing murder charges in the beating death of man in 2012.

Jason Conrad Chase was charged Thursday after he allegedly confessed to beating 58-year-old Robert William Ford in Dec. of 2012, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief of Investigations Chris Butler.

Police found Ford's decomposing body inside a home in the 3900 block of Aldington Drive. A baseball bat was found in a room next to where Ford's body was located.

At the time of Ford's killing Chase had been a temporary house at Ford's house guest, but allegedly fled the home with Ford's truck, gun, cell phone and credit cards after the killing, according to a police report from JSO.

Ford's stolen credit cards were later used in Georgia by Chase, according to the report. Chase also allegedly sold Ford's gun in Georgia. Ford's stolen truck was later located and recovered in South Carolina.

Chase was serving a two-year prison sentence for fraud charges out of Duval County when he requested a detective come to the prison Wednesday so could could make a confession in the killing of Ford, the report detailed.

Chase was transported back to Duval County and interviewed by homicide detectives Thursday. Chase was arrested and charged with the murder of Robert Ford.


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