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Man charged in Jacksonville triple murder turned kidnapping makes first court appearance

Terrell Lewis, 37, has been charged with three counts of murder.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The man accused in Friday's Arlington area triple murder and kidnapping appeared in court for the first time on Saturday morning. 

Terrell Lewis, 37, has been charged with three counts of murder. He was booked into the jail around 8:33 p.m. on Friday. 

The judge denied Lewis bond. His next court date is set for May 23.

Earlier in the day, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said that Terrell Lewis, 37, may have been in the company of an 8-year-old boy who was reported missing. The boy was found safe several hours later, police said.

Officers also found three people dead inside an apartment in the same area where the boy was initially reported missing.

According to court documents, Lewis is the father of the 8-year-old boy. He has a history of domestic-related charges.

A family member confirmed to First Coast News that one of the victims in the triple homicide was the mother of the 8-year-old boy referenced above. This has not been confirmed by police.

The other victims were identified as her cousins, said a family member.

Officers were called to the River City Landing Apartments in the 2600 block of University Boulevard just after 7:30 a.m. to do a welfare check. 

A neighbor called 911 after hearing a fight and loud noise, police said.

Officers located the unit where the noise reportedly came from and made entry. That's when they found the victims.

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