COCOA, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A suspect has been arrested in the disappearance and murder of a Brevard County mother of four, Tashuan Jackson.
Joshua Taylor, 30, is being held without bond, charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is accused of calculated, cold-blooded murder to silence Jackson, authorities say.
“Someone is paying for what has happened to her. We feel safer he is off the streets, because as a family, we received some threats as well, but we’re pushing forward," says family spokeswoman and aunt to the victim, Sharon Jones-Smith. "We’re not going to stop fighting for justice for Tashuan.”
Investigators say Taylor and Jackson had known each other since childhood. Jackson had given a deposition about Taylor shortly before her disappearance. That case, in which Jackson was the victim, involved attempted sexual battery. Police say Jackson knew she was in trouble because Taylor wanted her silenced.
“He worked on a plan to kidnap her with the intent to murder her,” said Cocoa Police Chief Mike Cantaloupe.
Detectives provided new details about the night Jackson disappeared. Previously, investigators said her last known whereabouts was at a 7-Eleven, but now they now she went to a nearby McDonald’s. Investigators won’t say how, but in the next step of the plot, Jackson ended up in a car. That car went to rural Osceola County, where she was fatally shot. Jackson’s body was discovered on February 15.
“When everyone has moved on and they are only thinking about her every once in a while, we’re going to think about her every day, because she was in our lives every day and we have to look at her children every day.” Jones-Smith says.