Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Fort Walton, FL — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fort Walton Beach woman in connection with the shooting death of her five month old son.
30-year old Maria Jaimicia Llaia Rodriguez-Barnes was arrested today, April 07, 2020, and charged with first degree premeditated murder.
Deputies were called to the parking lot of The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island around 8:30 a.m. March 25th by a crew of workers who saw Barnes outside her Nissan pickup truck shortly after she shot herself in the torso.
They then discovered five month old Jaxxon Rodriguez-Barnes seated in the left rear floorboard of the truck, slumped over a pillow. He had been shot once in the chest.
A search warrant obtained by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office turned up a 9 mm handgun, shell casings, and handwritten notes inside the vehicle.
Rodriguez-Barnes had also texted and emailed family members about her pending plans in connection to the infant and herself.
Rodrigues-Barnes remains in the Okaloosa County Jail with no bond.Related Stories: