The Jacksonville man who was killed in a St. Johns County shooting Saturday and two others charged with murder in connection with his death were all trying to steal a large amount of marijuana in a drug deal they had set up via social media, according to court records from one man’s arrest.
Dalton James Faulkner, 23, of Jacksonville is facing charges of non-premeditated felony murder, robbery with a weapon, and tampering with evidence in the death of 20-year-old Kahlil R. Cooke.
Cooke was pronounced dead at Baptist South hospital Saturday evening after he was driven there by acquaintances following the shooting that a St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office news release said is believed to have happened in an “undeveloped area” connected to Old Hickory Forest Road, near Stratton Boulevard off of State Road 16 shortly after 4 p.m.
Faulkner’s arrest report says that he, Cooke, and at least two others planned — after communicating via Snapchat — to meet two men at that location for the ostensible purpose of a drug deal but with plans to ultimately steal a pound of marijuana.
“Prior to arriving at the scene, Dalton armed Kahlil by giving him a set of brass knuckles that Kahlil used to beat the subjects in the commission of the robbery,” the report says.
According to the plan detailed in the report, Cooke and another man who isn’t named, were supposed to approach the truck where the deal was going to happen and attack the two occupants, stealing the marijuana.
When they did though, one of the men in the truck grabbed what at least one person described as an assault rifle and fired “several rounds at the defendants which ultimately caused Kahlil’s death,” the report says.
Also charged in Cooke’s death is 17-year-old, Sarah Mounir Itani, also of Jacksonville, who authorities believe was with Cooke, Faulkner and the others at the time of the incident and participated in the planning.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan said Tuesday that detectives with his agency’s Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation.