Arrest made in Thomas Smith homicide case

Jovante Jackson

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, Gainesville Police Department (GPD) detectives located and arrested Jovante Deometre Jackson (DOB: 03/03/1993) in connection to the murder of Thomas Jamal Smith, which occurred in the early morning hours of Thursday, January 7, 2021.

GPD detectives are still actively investigating this case, following up on leads, collecting and evaluating evidence. We are asking any members of the public who have any knowledge or know of evidence of this case to contact the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867, www.stopcrime.tv, or GPD Detective M. Quinn at 352-339-0506.