FL Saad Kawaf, 39, Deerwood, Jacksonville, May 1999 *DNA Arrest in 2020*

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    Wednesday, July 29th:
    *Arraignment Hearing (@ 9am ET) - FL – Saad Kawaf (39) (May 17, 1999, Dearwood, Jacksonville) – only for *William Robert Baer, Jr. (43 @ time of crime/64) arrested (7/1/20) & charged (7/2/20) with 1st degree murder & 1st degree robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon. Held without bond.
    *Charged (7/22/20) with 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, armed kidnapping & aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
    7/2/20 Update: Bond set at none. Application for criminal indigent status filed; no determination made at this hearing. 7/6/20: Defendant declared indigent, order appointing public defender. Arraignment hearing on 7/23/20. 7/6/20: Waiver of appearances from arraignment & all pretrial hearings. 7/8/20: Notice of unavailability by John Rockwell, Baer's attorney from 7/13 thru 7/28/20. 7/9/20: Public defender Charlie Cofer files motion to withdraw. 7/15/20: Defendant’s motion to set bond. Arraignment hearing 7/23/20 has been cancelled & rescheduled for 7/29/20. 7/22/20: New charges filed are 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, armed kidnapping & aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
    *Melissa Jo Schafer (Schofer) (29 @ time of crime/50) aka Schofer arrested & charged (7/2/20) with 1st degree murder.
    Baer, who is a retired Jacksonville Sheriff Office Homicide detective, was arrested in Jacksonville on Wednesday and Schafer, who was Baer’s then-wife, was arrested in Jefferson City, Missouri.
    Kawaf was stabbed to death and robbed. His wife -- scuffled with the other woman. Kawaf’s wife was taken inside & tied up. Baer * Schafer made off with about $30,000. Two DNA profiles were developed in 2003. In May, through genetic testing, police were able to get two profiles. DNA profiles established by Bode Technology Group, Inc. on 8/19/14. On 1/7/19, the female profile was submitted to Parabon Nanolabs, thru DNA Labs for the purpose of conducting genetic genealogy analysis. On 2/3/20, the male profile was also submitted to Parabon for same reasons. The male profile was then submitted to Family Tree DNA for further genetic genealogy analysis on 5/22/20. On 6/5/20 Baer was identified as the possible contributor to male DNA profile. On 6/11/20 Schafer was identified as the possible female suspect contributor.

    7/2/20 Update: No update yet on Schafer in court site as of 7/22/20. Still in jail in Missouri.
     


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    26 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 JUDGE FELTEL JR, GILBERT

    27 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 ASST. STATE ATTY. NELSON, MELISSA WILLIAMSON

    28 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 ASST. PUB. DEF. PUBLIC DEFENDER ASSIGNED

    29 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PUBLIC DEFENDER PERMITTED TO WITHDRAW AS COUNSEL FOR DEF.

    30 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 ATTY. FOR DEF. ROCKWELL, JOHN CHRISTOPHER

    31 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 DEFENDANT APPEARANCE WAIVED

    32 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 DEF. W/READING OF INFO & PLEAD NOT GUILTY

    33 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PRETRIAL 08/24/2020 9:00 AM - 408 4TH FLOOR, 501 W ADAMS ST JACKSONVILLE FL 32202

    34 1 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    35 2 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    36 3 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    37 4 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    38 5 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    39
    D40 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 MOTION TO COMPEL BODY MATERIAL SAMPLES, FINGERPRINT SPECIMENS, AND PALM PRINT IMPRESSIONS


    Court Events
    Date Time Type Location Courtroom Cancelled
    7/29/2020 9:00 AM ARRAIGNMENT DATE 4th Floor 408

    8/24/2020 9:00 AM PRETRIAL 4th Floor 408

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    Schafer finally in the system:

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    D1 -- 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 ARREST & BOOKING REPORT 2020-015496 7/22/2020 8

    2 1 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 S782.04 MURDER

    3 2 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 S812.13(2)(A) ROBBERY - ARMED WITH FIREARM OR DEADLYWEAPON

    4 1 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 BOND SET AT NONE

    5 2 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 BOND SET AT NONE

    6
    D7 -- 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 APPLICATION FOR CRIMINAL INDIGENT STATUS FILED - NO DETERMINATION MADE AT THIS HEARING 1

    7
    D8 -- 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 DEFENDANT DECLARED INDIGENT, ORDER APPOINTING PUBLIC DEFENDER - FILED 1

    8 -- 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 PD APP FEE 50.00 IMPOSED

    9 -- 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 FEES DUE: 7/24/2020

    10 -- 7/23/2020
    7/24/2020 ARRAIGNMENT COURT DATE: 08/13/2020 SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CALL FOR VERIFICATION

    11
    D16 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 NOTICE OF DISCOVERY & SPECIFIC DEMAND FOR INFORMATION 2

    12
    D17 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 MOTION FOR STATEMENT OF PARTICULARS

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    Thursday, August 13th:
    *Arraignment Hearing (@ 9am ET) - FL – Saad Kawaf (39) (May 17, 1999, Dearwood, Jacksonville) – only for *Melissa Jo Schafer (aka Schofer) (29 @ time of crime/50/now 51) arrested (7/2/20 in Missouri) & booked & charged (7/23/20) with 2nd degree felony murder, felony kidnapping, armed robbery, armed robbery with assault or battery & aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Held without bond.
    Baer, who is a retired Jacksonville Sheriff Office Homicide detective, was arrested in Jacksonville on Wednesday and Schafer, who was Baer’s then-wife, was arrested in Jefferson City, Missouri. Kawaf was stabbed to death and robbed. His wife -- scuffled with the other woman. Kawaf’s wife was taken inside & tied up. Baer * Schafer made off with about $30,000. Two DNA profiles were developed in 2003. In May, through genetic testing, police were able to get two profiles. DNA profiles established by Bode Technology Group, Inc. on 8/19/14. On 1/7/19, the female profile was submitted to Parabon Nanolabs, thru DNA Labs for the purpose of conducting genetic genealogy analysis. On 2/3/20, the male profile was also submitted to Parabon for same reasons. The male profile was then submitted to Family Tree DNA for further genetic genealogy analysis on 5/22/20. On 6/5/20 Baer was identified as the possible contributor to male DNA profile. On 6/11/20 Schafer was identified as the possible female suspect contributor.
    7/2/20 Update: No update yet on Schafer in court site as of 7/22/20. Still in jail in Missouri.
    7/23/20 Update: Booked in Duval County 7/23/20 & charged with murder, robbery-armed w/firearm or deadly weapon. No bond. Application for criminal indigent status filed-no determination made at this hearing. Defendant declared indigent, order appoint public defender filed. Notice of discovery & specific demand for information & motion for statement of particulars. Arraignment hearing on 8/13/20. 8/10/20: State's discovery exhibit & demand for reciprocal discovery. Motion to compel fingerprint specimens, palm print impressions, & upper body photographs.
    *William Robert Baer, Jr. (43 @ time of crime/64) – Next pretrial hearing on 8/24/20.
     
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    23 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 JUDGE FELTEL JR, GILBERT

    24 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 ASST. STATE ATTY. NELSON, MELISSA WILLIAMSON

    25 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 OTHERS PRESENT: ASA: L. HUTTON FOR M. NELSON

    26 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 ASST. PUB. DEF. COFER, CHARLES GILBERT

    27 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 DEFENDANT APPEARANCE WAIVED

    28 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 DEF. W/READING OF INFO & PLEAD NOT GUILTY

    29 1 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    30 2 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    31 3 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    32 4 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    33 5 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 PLEA OF NOT GUILTY

    34 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 STATE'S MOTION TO COMPEL FINGERPRINT SPECIMENS PALM PRINT IMPRESSIONS, AND UPPER BODY PHOTOGRAPHS - TO BE ENTERED

    35 -- 8/13/2020
    8/13/2020 PRETRIAL 09/16/2020 9:00 AM - 408 4TH FLOOR, 501 W ADAMS ST JACKSONVILLE FL 32202


    Court Events
    Date Time Type Location Courtroom Cancelled
    8/13/2020 9:00 AM ARRAIGNMENT DATE 4th Floor 408

    9/16/2020 9:00 AM PRETRIAL 4th Floor 408

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    Monday, August 24th:
    *Pretrial Hearing (@ 9am ET) - FL – Saad Kawaf (39) (May 17, 1999, Dearwood, Jacksonville) – only for *William Robert Baer, Jr. (43 @ time of crime/64) arrested (7/1/20), charged (7/2/20) with 1st degree murder & 1st degree robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon. [new charges below].
    *Charged (7/22/20) & arraigned (7/29/20) with 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, armed kidnapping & aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    Baer, who is a retired Jacksonville Sheriff Office Homicide detective, was arrested in Jacksonville on Wednesday and Schafer, who was Baer’s then-wife, was arrested in Jefferson City, Missouri. Kawaf was stabbed to death and robbed. His wife -- scuffled with the other woman. Kawaf’s wife was taken inside & tied up. Baer * Schafer made off with about $30,000. Two DNA profiles were developed in 2003. In May, through genetic testing, police were able to get two profiles. DNA profiles established by Bode Technology Group, Inc. on 8/19/14. On 1/7/19, the female profile was submitted to Parabon Nanolabs, thru DNA Labs for the purpose of conducting genetic genealogy analysis. On 2/3/20, the male profile was also submitted to Parabon for same reasons. The male profile was then submitted to Family Tree DNA for further genetic genealogy analysis on 5/22/20. On 6/5/20 Baer was identified as the possible contributor to male DNA profile. On 6/11/20 Schafer was identified as the possible female suspect contributor.
    7/2/20 Update: Bond set at none. Application for criminal indigent status filed; no determination made at this hearing. 7/6/20: Defendant declared indigent, order appointing public defender. Arraignment hearing on 7/23/20. 7/6/20: Waiver of appearances from arraignment & all pretrial hearings. 7/8/20: Notice of unavailability by John Rockwell, Baer's attorney from 7/13 thru 7/28/20. 7/9/20: Public defender Charlie Cofer files motion to withdraw. 7/15/20: Defendant’s motion to set bond. Arraignment hearing 7/23/20 has been cancelled & rescheduled for 7/29/20. 7/22/20: New charges filed are 2nd degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary, armed kidnapping & aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
    7/29/20 Update: Arraignment held. Judge Gilbert Feltel, Jr. Asst. State atty. Melissa Williamson Nelson, Asst. Public def. assigned, public defender permitted to withdraw as counsel, attorney for defendant John Christopher Rockwell. Defendant waived appearance. Defendant with reading of charges plead not guilty to all charges. Motion to compel body material samples, fingerprint specimens & palm print impressions. Next pretrial hearing on 8/24/20.
    *Melissa Jo Schafer (aka Schofer) (29 @ time of crime/50/now 51) – Pretrial hearing on 9/16/20.
     
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    D40 -- 7/29/2020
    7/29/2020 MOTION TO COMPEL BODY MATERIAL SAMPLES, FINGERPRINT SPECIMENS, AND PALM PRINT IMPRESSIONS 1

    41
    D42 -- 8/10/2020
    8/10/2020 STATE'S DISCOVERY EXHIBIT AND DEMAND FOR RECIPROCAL DISCOVERY 7

    42
    D43 -- 8/10/2020
    8/10/2020 ORDER TO COMPEL BODY MATERIAL SAMPLES, FINGERPRINT SPECIMENS, AND PALMPRINT IMPRESSIONS

    43 -- 8/24/2020
    8/24/2020 JUDGE FELTEL JR, GILBERT

    44 -- 8/24/2020
    8/24/2020 ASST. STATE ATTY. NELSON, MELISSA WILLIAMSON

    45 -- 8/24/2020
    8/24/2020 ATTY. FOR DEF. ROCKWELL, JOHN CHRISTOPHER

    46 -- 8/24/2020
    8/24/2020 DEFENDANT APPEARANCE WAIVED

    47 -- 8/24/2020
    8/24/2020 OTHERS PRESENT: L. HUTTON FOR M. NELSON; C. COFER

    48 -- 8/24/2020
    8/24/2020 PRETRIAL 10/19/2020 9:00 AM - 408 4TH FLOOR, 501 W ADAMS ST JACKSONVILLE FL


    Hearings:
    8/24/2020 9:00 AM PRETRIAL 4th Floor 408

    10/19/2020 9:00 AM PRETRIAL 4th Floor 408

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    Wednesday, Sept. 16th:
    *Pretrial Hearing (@ 9am ET) - FL – Saad Kawaf (39) (May 17, 1999, Dearwood, Jacksonville) – only for *Melissa Jo Schafer (aka Schofer) (29 @ time of crime/51) arrested (7/2/20 in Missouri) & booked & charged (7/23/20) & arraigned (8/13/20) with 2nd degree felony murder, felony kidnapping, armed robbery, armed robbery with assault or battery & aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Plead not guilty. Held without bond.
    Case info & court info from 7/2/20 reference post #24 here:
    FL - Saad Kawaf, 39, Deerwood, Jacksonville, May 1999 *DNA Arrest in 2020*

    7/23/20 Update: Booked in Duval County 7/23/20 & charged with murder, robbery-armed w/firearm or deadly weapon. No bond. Application for criminal indigent status filed-no determination made at this hearing. Defendant declared indigent, order appoint public defender filed. Notice of discovery & specific demand for information & motion for statement of particulars. Arraignment hearing on 8/13/20. 8/10/20: State's discovery exhibit & demand for reciprocal discovery. Motion to compel fingerprint specimens, palm print impressions, & upper body photographs.
    8/13/20 Update: Arraignment hearing held. Present: Judge Gilbert Feltel, Jr., Asst. State attorney, Melissa Nelson, Others present: ASA L. Hutton for M. Nelson, Asst. Public defender Charles Cofer, defendant's appearance waived. Defendant with reading of info plead not guilty to all charges. Next pretrial hearing on 9/16/20.
    *William Robert Baer, Jr. (43 @ time of crime/64) – Next pretrial hearing on 10/19/20.
     
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    D41 -- 8/13/2020
    8/14/2020 ORDER TO COMPEL FINGERPRINT SPECIMENS, PALMPRINT IMPRESSIONS, AND UPPER BODY PHOTOGRAPHS 1


    37
    D42 -- 8/27/2020
    8/28/2020 NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING

    38 -- 9/16/2020
    9/16/2020 JUDGE FELTEL JR, GILBERT

    39 -- 9/16/2020
    9/16/2020 ASST. STATE ATTY. NELSON, MELISSA WILLIAMSON

    40 -- 9/16/2020
    9/16/2020 ASST. PUB. DEF. COFER, CHARLES GILBERT

    41 -- 9/16/2020
    9/16/2020 DEFENDANT APPEARANCE WAIVED

    42 -- 9/16/2020
    9/16/2020 OTHERS PRESENT: L. HUTTON FOR M. NELSON

    43 -- 9/16/2020
    9/16/2020 PRETRIAL 11/18/2020 9:00 AM - 408 4TH FLOOR, 501 W ADAMS ST JACKSONVILLE FL


    Hearings:
    9/16/2020 9:00 AM PRETRIAL 4th Floor 408

    11/18/2020 9:00 AM PRETRIAL 4th Floor 408

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