Accused killer of Jacksonville DJ now facing additional murder charge, court records show
Friends say Tasheka ‘TySheeks’ Young was four months pregnant when she was killed.
Author: First Coast News Staff
Published: 12:04 AM EDT August 10, 2022
Updated: 5:56 PM EDT August 10, 2022
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Accused killer Bursey Armstrong is now facing an additional murder charge after Tasheka ‘TySheeks’ Young was found dead inside her apartment in July, according to court records.
Friends said Young was four months pregnant when she was killed. Armstrong is the father of Young’s two children and her unborn child, Young’s friends said.
Young was a beloved mother, daughter and friend and a well-known radio-personality for 106.1 in Jacksonville. Her friends said there was nothing she loved more than being a mother.
“They will know that she loved them and wanted them more than anything,” friend Phylisha Thompson said about Young’s two children.
“She was a great mom,” friend Keturah Jordan said. “She loved them. There’s nothing in this world that she wouldn’t do for them,” she said.
According to Armstrong’s arrest warrant, he shot and killed Young in her home at the Mission Pointe Apartments on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Criminal defense attorney Janet Johnson said Florida and Georgia are two of 38 states that have fetal homicide laws against killing a fetus, excluding in a medical procedure.
Florida’s law states that the unlawful killing of an unborn child by any injury to the mother is murder if it results in the death of the mother. It also says the suspect’s charge would be the same in the case of the unborn child as the mother.
“I think we’re going to see more of this post the overturning of Roe,” Johnson said. “And obviously, it is an aggravator to kill a pregnant woman,” she said.
Johnson said while comparing fetal homicide and abortion is comparing apples and oranges, she thinks we’ll see this charge more often.
“I think more and more jurisdictions are going to start charging that, you know, as a count, but clearly in other parts of the law, we don’t consider fetuses human being so, you know, I think there’s going to be a complication to that,” she said.
Johnson said charging someone with the death of an unborn child in a situation like this isn’t unprecedented, but fortunately, we don’t see this crime every day.
“If he [Armstrong] knew that she [Young] was pregnant, which he clearly did, and it apparently was his child, you know, there’s so many aggravators to that. I mean, that is, you know, a particularly heinous murder of her,” Johnson said.
“Then, you know, they’ve made the decision now, whether they go to trial on that, count, or they’re just charging that right now, but they’ve made the decision to also charge that as a homicide [death of unborn child],” she said.
In a similar case in Arlington in 2010, Andrew King was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for murdering his girlfriend and her unborn child. He was found guilty of stabbing his girlfriend, Felicia Burney, to death while she was sleeping in her apartment. She was 38 weeks pregnant.
Armstrong faces two counts of second-degree murder is being held on no bond. His arraignment is set for Aug. 16.