Arrest made in murder of Avon Park man

— A man who witnesses say received a gun from another man just before the second man was murdered has been charged with murder without premeditation, authorities said in a press release Friday.

Jovan Douryan Moses, 19, 448 W. Perry St., Avon Park, was arrested Friday in connection with the Nov. 23, 2013, murder of Dwayne Terrance Council Jr. Besides murder without premeditation, he also was charged with possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

Moses was originally charged on Dec. 13, 2013, with tempering with evidence in connection with the case and violation of probation.

He will continue to be held without bond in the Highlands County jail.

The murder of Council came to light when a passerby found Council lying injured in the 200 block of East State Street in Avon Park. Council was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Four months of investigation led to Moses being charged with the murder, the press release said.

Highlands County Sheriff Susan Benton praised in the press release the hard work of the detectives.

“I’m sure it is a day of mixed emotions for the Council family,” she said. It saddens all of us. It is so difficult for me to understand how kids who have known each other for so many years can do things like this to each other. Our detectives have put forth tremendous effort to bring the senseless death of Dwayne Council to justice; they have worked with forensic examiners evaluating the various pieces of evidence to reach the point of making these charges.”

When Moses was arrested last year, a warrant said that witnesses said they saw Moses with Council minutes before murder and that Council gave Moses a pistol shortly before gunshots were heard.

Two witnesses also said they saw Moses burn some of his clothes after the shooting.

Many in the community said following the murder that Council, the father of a young girl, the son of a popular football and track coach and a former Avon Park football star himself, was well liked in the community.

The investigation is continuing, the press release said.

Anyone having additional or new information on the death of Council, contact Detective Hank Smith of the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit at (863) 402-7382 or 863-402-7250. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS(8477), or on the Internet at

(863) 386-5834