Gainesville man, 83, found slain in Jacksonville

A 17-year-old has been charged with murder in the death of Charles R. "Chuck" Soukup.


Murder victim Charles R. "Chuck" Soukup is shown seated. On the left, from top, are Corey D. Harrington, Kandra D. Harrington and Rose M. Daniels.

Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 3:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 3:13 p.m.

A 17-year-old has been charged with murder after the body of an 83-year-old Gainesville man, who was trying to get to Ohio to see his ailing twin brother, was found over the weekend in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville teen has been arrested and charged in the slaying last week of Charles R. "Chuck" Soukup of Northwood Pines. Another Jacksonville teen and a middle-aged woman from Jacksonville also were arrested.



On Monday, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced that Soukup was killed by a robber who stole the Jeep that Soukup had rented at the Jacksonville International Airport.

Soukup apparently was planning to drive back to Gainesville after growing tired of waiting to get on a standby flight.

Soukup's body was recovered near the airport in the 1600 block of Owens Road, the same place where investigators said it appeared Soukup was killed and the Jeep stolen shortly after he rented it.

Investigators charged Corey D. Harrington, 17, with murder in Soukup's death.

They also charged Kandra D. Harrington, 18, and Rose M. Daniels, 51, with tampering with evidence — specifically on the grounds that they provided false information about the case. Additional arrests are expected, investigators said.

Soukup's daughter, Doreen Walsh of Gainesville, told The Sun last week that her husband, Edward Walsh, dropped Soukup off at the airport at about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 25. Soukup planned to fly standby to Dallas to meet another daughter, Patty Holloway, who works for American Airlines and made the flight arrangements.

After spending a night in Dallas with Holloway, she and Soukup would fly together to Cleveland to see Soukup's only living sibling, his fraternal twin, Harry. Doreen Walsh said Soukup was anxious to get to Ohio because Harry has dementia and Soukup was concerned he no longer would recognize him.

Unable to get a seat on the plane in Jacksonville, Soukup rented a 2010 silver Jeep Liberty at the airport around 11 a.m. He told the rental agent who helped him that he was returning to his Gainesville home. Investigators said he met the Harringtons and Daniels sometime after that and was killed, but officials would not say exactly where or when Soukup encountered the trio.

The Jeep was recovered early last Tuesday morning in the 3100 block of Myrtle Avenue while police were looking for a 34-year-old woman wanted in connection with a domestic dispute that ended with a shooting. Investigators said the domestic dispute and shooting were unrelated to Soukup's slaying, but they did not immediately provide details about how or when the woman wound up in possession of the Jeep.

It took investigators hours, however, to make the connection between the Jeep and Soukup's disappearance. He was not reported missing until several hours after the Jeep was discovered.

Soukup's family could not be reached Monday.

Anyone with additional information about Soukup's slaying or robbery may call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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