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Thanksgiving Double Homicide in Jackson County; Suspect in Custody

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Graceville Police continue to investigate a double murder in Graceville on Thanksgiving night.

The department learned of alleged gunshots at 5267 Peanut Road in addition to suspicious activity around 10:45 Thanksgiving night. Upon doing a welfare check, officials discovered James Gilley and Alicia Sapp dead inside from what appeared to be gunshot wounds.

"This is not a random shooting," said Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is assisting Graceville with the investigation.

Police suspect Graceville resident, Joseph Gilly, 31, to be involved. He is also the male victim's son. He's in custody, but only after sending officials on a five hour manhunt across the area.

"He was actually found several blocks away from here at a residence where he had taken refuge and concealed himself in a room," said Roberts.

The two agencies as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement spent hours collecting evidence and searching for the alleged murder weapon.

"We're also working with our K-9 team from ACI and Jackson Correction Institute to try and locate the possible firearms that were used in this crime," said Roberts.

It's a crime Foy Wilson is still trying to comprehend. Wilson lives down the street from Gilley and had just seen him on Thanksgiving.

"I just hate to see a person like him, that was so good to the community, and the people around us, be gone like that," said Wilson.

Wilson says they had a good relationship, a close one.

"He was just like a father to me, he always gave me good advice to life," said Wilson.

Others that knew the victim say he was a good man. A nearby neighbor also said she wasn't surprised to hear of the alleged actions by the suspect.