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Man accused of tampering with evidence in homicide

AVON PARK - A man fatally shot in Avon Park last month was seen handing a gun to another man just before he was apparently killed, according to an arrest warrant said.

The other man, Javon Douryan Moses, 19, 448 W. Perry St., Avon Park, was arrested Friday and charged with tampering with evidence. The report indicates that charge stemmed from Moses removing clothes and burning the clothes around the time Council was shot.

The arrest stemmed from the Nov. 23 murder of Dwayne Council Jr.. Authorities found Council suffering from gunshot wounds. He later died at a hospital.

Nell Hays, public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, would not say whether Moses is a suspect in the murder of Council.

A witness told investigators about hearing gunshots and that "the victim was with Javon Moses minutes before the gunshots were heard," an arrest warrant said.

The witness also told investigators that "Moses and the victim were walking toward the area where the victim was discovered," the warrant said.

Council gave Moses a pistol "only minutes" before the gunshots were heard, the warrant said.

The report indicates that around that time Moses removed some clothes.

Two witnesses "watched Moses burn clothes he had taken off his body," the warant said.

Authorities have yet to release any information on a possible motive in the homicide.

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.

"He always had something positive to say, and I really appreciated that," Coach Wade Jackson said.

"He was a kid with a great attitude," Jackson said. "He was a hard worker who was a joy to be around, I just can't say enough good things about him."

Jackson and others said last month that they could not figure any reason why anyone would want to murder Council.

After high school, he was recruited to play football at Evangel University in Missouri. He was there for a year.

At the time of his death, friends said, Council worked at the Avon Park Youth Academy and he wanted to become a law enforcement officer.


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