Former Pastor Arrested For Murder Of Brother

Detectives with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office have arrested John Ward Gill, charging him with murder in the shooting death of his brother on Sunday.

Thomas Melvin Gill was found dead at a home on Razorback Court by deputies who responded at about 3 p.m. to a 911 call from his wife.

John Gill, 63, was transported to the Orange Park Medical Center with self-inflicted injuries that were not life-threatening. After speaking with Gill, CCSO detectives arrested him on a charge of second-degree murder and transported him to the Clay County Jail.

The Sheriff’s Office said this appeared to be a case of domestic violence.

News4Jax has learned that John Gill is a former pastor. His wife said he had been living with mental illness and is not the same man he was when he was pastor of the Middleburg Open Bible Church, which he ran out of their home.


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