Jay High Freshman Charged With The Attempted Murder Of His Father

August 20, 2018

A Jay High School freshman has been charged with attempted murder after shooting his father Sunday morning.

Jackson Shane Baxley, 15, was charged with two counts of attempted felony murder, attempted arson, making a firebomb and resisting arrest without violence.

According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Baxley and his girlfriend got into trouble for sending inappropriate phone messages during the summer and were forbidden to date or talk to each other, according to an arrest report.  They did not stop talking to each other and hid it from their parents before he dated her again, according to an arrest report.

About 6:45 Monday morning, Baxley loaded his grandfather’s pickup truck with a coffee can for reasons that were not released and drove to North Highway 89 and Finley Road, just north of Jay, and approached his residence in the 15000 block of North Highway 89 on foot and went inside.

Many of the details are redacted from the arrest report, but the report indicates he “decided to use [redacted] an empty beer bottle from the kitchen because (he) felt it would be easier…” An alert on Baxley’s phone woke his mother. She exited from her bedroom and observed Baxley at the kitchen counter wearing a hoodie and a cotton mask around his neck.

Baxley stared at his mother with no expression on his face and did not respond to her, the report states. His father pushed past his mother towards the kitchen where Baxley was standing armed with a shotgun.  He began to walk backwards toward another room with the shotgun pointed downward. His father attempted to take the shotgun from his hand, causing Baxley to pull the trigger as a result of the struggle, the report states. The father was struck with birdshot in the upper thigh.

As law enforcement arrived on scene, Baxley fled. Deputies chased Baxley, eventually tasing him twice.

The man was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola for multiple surgeries but is expected to live, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Baxley was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice in in Pensacola where he was being held without bond.


22 Responses to “Jay High Freshman Charged With The Attempted Murder Of His Father”

  1. David Huie Green on August 22nd, 2018 1:20 pm

    “You can not correct your children without getting into trouble. ”

    And yet, millions of parents somehow do.

    If people do what can not be done, maybe it CAN be done. Possibly the problem is that some do not know how to correct children other than with a frying pan or a power cord for a whip. There ARE other ways even if they may not be as much fun. It’s worth looking into.

    David for a job well done

  2. 429SCJ on August 22nd, 2018 7:31 am

    Premeditated attempted murder and arson, shotgun blast trauma to father.

    He most certainly needs prayers and a good lawyer.

    The good news is that the next time this young Romeo and Juliet meet, it is a sure bet that their endocrine systems will be operating at lower levels.

  3. Jennifer on August 22nd, 2018 7:23 am

    Praying for The Baxley family

  4. Tabby on August 21st, 2018 10:17 pm

    @A mom
    Well said. This world has gotten so nuts even I get confused and can’t make sense of things a lot of times. I can’t imagine being a child in today’s world. It must be difficult for many. Thanks.

  5. Khicks on August 21st, 2018 9:22 pm

    I cannot agree that contemporary teens are more intelligent and therefore more mature than previous generations. Having access to more information doesn’t make you more emotionally or socially mature. We are allowing young people access to social freedoms that they aren’t ready for. Just because you can operate a car doesn’t mean you are mature enough to drive one on a public highway, make decisions with a young brain that hasn’t mastered self control. Most of my friends weren’t allowed to date before sixteen. Was this best for all? I don’t know, but in looking back I know it was best for me. My parents knew my limitations. Thank God for them! They knew from experience that bad things can happen even if you think you are prepared.

  6. Faye Hudson on August 21st, 2018 7:12 pm

    Pray for all concern be it not for the grace of God there go we . This can happen to anyone please don’t be so judgemental. If there is one thing the family dose not need it is for people to start throwing their opinions on why ,only God knows . I love God and I love these I will be praying for both families . Do not blam yourself listen to thatstill small voice just listen be not in hast this child is in trouble . I have allways heard it takes a Community to raise a child stay by these with prayer . In my life the most horriable times was when trouble came and those that should suport you just wanted to gossip about your troubles . God Bless those children Faye Hudson

  7. A mom on August 21st, 2018 2:09 pm

    Amen, Anna. God bless Jackson and his family. They all need our prayers. No one can judge but God himself. They’re a good family and he’s always been a good kid. What a tough time in this world for kids to have to grow up in.

  8. Anna Sinclair on August 21st, 2018 12:00 pm

    This is incredibly sad. It is easy to look from the outside and make judgments. I will pray for all involved including his family and classmates.

  9. DJC on August 21st, 2018 11:58 am

    We, as parents, should hold ourselves accountable for the way our children behave along with the schools and of course society. The world has definitely changed over the years. We are exposed to so much internet and media as to what kind of filth our society has to offer. It quite an embarrassment to be honest. The world wide web can be an excellent tool for information. I just wish they could eliminate all of the garbage from it.

  10. to Bonehead on August 21st, 2018 11:53 am

    Bonehead…. How is it the girls fault?!? It is more the government’s fault for not allowing parents to be parents anymore!! If that rotten BOY had had the discipline he should have had while growing up, and been raised with manners and spent some Sundays in church, this would not have happened.. It’s ashame that so many kids today are so spoiled and ruthless bc they get away with murder!

  11. anne 1of2 on August 21st, 2018 11:02 am

    The difference between then and now is our parents couldn’t grab a phone and read our messages. We just said things to each other and no one knew. The things we wrote to Vietnam stayed in Vietnam, lol.

  12. Tim on August 21st, 2018 9:01 am

    If these charges pan out (innocent until proven guilty) I hope he gets the help he needs. Hormones………….really people. Again, if found guilty, this is a sick kid and needs help.

  13. Concerned on August 21st, 2018 8:30 am

    This family is in my prayers. I agree with Tabby. You can not correct your children without getting into trouble. Sometimes you feel helpless when you have teenagers. It is not a shame to get help for them. No one knows what goes on in someone else’s home.

  14. TheDarkMoldavite on August 21st, 2018 7:23 am

    Man I knew this guy in real life he was in my grade that’s kinda terrifying

  15. Tabby on August 21st, 2018 6:39 am

    While some are still innocent, many children are not children in the sense of what they were in the 70s, 80s, or 90s even. Teens today are much more intelligent and mature. They are processing information at ten that I didn’t have at eighteen. It’s sad but I’m sorry, you’re not going to tell a fifteen year old who they can date and expect they’ll follow orders. If you do, don’t be surprised when these bad things happen more often. The world is a different place than it was and will never be the same, even in Jay. Prayers for all.

  16. A Momma on August 21st, 2018 6:30 am

    Bonehead, that isn’t all the girls fault. None of us know what is going on so we all need to keep our mouths shut. That girl didn’t pull the trigger. We as parents have no rights anymore but the kids have all it seems. For the most part, we have the society and schools that have turned our kids into something that they were not 30 years ago.

  17. Matchbox on August 20th, 2018 9:47 pm

    It’s an awful world out there today…prayers for a speedy recovery

  18. Mike Honcho on August 20th, 2018 9:28 pm

    Kid went all children of the corn
    Thank God he didn’t kill anybody

  19. Trocarman on August 20th, 2018 9:21 pm

    Just when one thinks it can’t get worse, it does. This is really sad. I don’t know the answer, but this boy is a danger to himself and to others. The girl involved probably has serious issues too. Hope the Dad fully recovers.

  20. David on August 20th, 2018 9:12 pm

    Hormones make boys crazy

  21. Michelle D on August 20th, 2018 9:07 pm

    Prayers for all involved. Maybe this was an outcry for help from this boy.

  22. Bonehead on August 20th, 2018 8:18 pm

    Idiot. Teenage hormones will make you really stupid. Hope this kid gets some help before it gets any worse. Prayers to the parents who have to heal themselves and try to get this kid straight. I hope the girl is happy with what she’s caused too.

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