Three Mobile men accused of killing a man in central Florida were in Mobile County court Thursday. Two of the suspects delayed their transfer to Florida because they wouldn't sign extradition papers.
Florida deputies say Kenley Campbell, Darril Rankin Jr. and Gerjuan Jackson made a plan to drive from Mobile to Polk City, Florida and rob 68-year-old William Reiss' firearm collection.
Polk County, Florida Sheriff, Grady Judd, said "And along the way, Gerjuan told his two counterparts, Darril Rankin and Kenley Campbell, he said i'll tell you what... I'm just going to kill him."
All three men were arrested and appeared in a Mobile County courtroom this morning. Campbell and Rankin both refused to sign extradition papers that would send them to Florida to face charges, delaying their transfer.
The accused shooter, Jackson, appeared in court for charges he faces in Mobile County, and will have to wait a little longer for his extradition hearing.
According to sheriff's deputies, Jackson met Reiss while working as a FEMA contractor after Hurricane Irma.
Investigators say Jackson discovered Reiss' gun collection while performing a damage assessment on the victim's home.
Reiss' daughter, Katrina Urso, said "He's not going to invite a stranger like 'Here, come look at my guns'. He wouldn't do that. So it kind of makes me feel a little better to know that that piece of the puzzle. That wasn't him."
FOX10 News reached out to FEMA to learn more about the hiring process and qualifications for subcontractors.
A FEMA representative responded with the following statement:
"FEMA is aware of an alleged incident that occurred in Polk County, Florida, and are looking into additional details on this matter. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims.
FEMA's Inspection Services are handled by contracted firms, and not FEMA employees. Currently, FEMA contracts with two private sector companies for disaster survivor home inspections. Questions about individuals employed within those contracted companies, or those companies' hiring practices, must be pursued through their individual contractors. FEMA works closely with law enforcement on a regular basis, and will provide appropriate coordination with law enforcement on this incident."
In the meantime, Polk City deputies continue their efforts to bring all three suspects back to Florida and get justice for a man who was loved by so many.
"He was a good man... He was a great grandfather," Urso said.
Vanguard Emergency Services was the company responsible for hiring Jackson as a FEMA subcontractor.
FOX10 News called the company to learn more about Jackson's employment and if they do background checks, but has not yet received a call back.
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