Sheriff’s office releases name, autopsy findings in West Augustine death investigation

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are still investigating the death of a man found at a West Augustine home Tuesday.

 

Wednesday came with few updates in the case, apart from a release of the man’s identity and the findings of his autopsy.

James Henry Weaver, 56, of St. Augustine, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the 23rd District Medical Examiner’s Office found, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The death was ruled a homicide.

Weaver’s death was discovered by a sheriff’s deputy after a friend of Weaver’s called authorities, asking they conduct a check on welfare for him at the home in the 1400 block of Los Robles Avenue. Weaver had recently moved there with an acquaintance, who was later identified as 55-year-old Steven Michael Canard.

Investigators were never able to talk to Canard because he was killed in a crash on State Road 207 Monday night, just blocks from the home where his roommate was found.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report of that crash, Canard was making a left hand turn on S.R. 207 from Hastings Road when his Volkswagen Jetta was hit by a northbound motorcycle.

The impact of the crash overturned the Jetta, ejecting Canard, who was not wearing a seat belt. The driver of the motorcycle, 24-year-old Oliver James Rollins, and Canard, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the news release, Major Crimes detectives have taken possession of Canard’s car and are processing it for any evidence.

That will be done in conjunction with Florida Highway Patrol who is conducting an investigation of the crash, sheriff’s office spokesman Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan said Wednesday.

Mulligan said there is currently “no active search” for a possible suspect in Weaver’s death, but stopped short of suggesting Canard was involved. At this point, he said, investigators are still looking into the backgrounds of both men.

“Given the facts behind the case, we are currently focusing in on any connection between the two, and we have garnered no information that has provided us with a suspect or a person of interest,” Mulligan said. “But everything remains on the table as we move forward.”

“If anyone has any information surrounding the victim, or his roommate, certainly we would like to speak with them,” he said.

 

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