Hillsborough State Attorney declines to prosecute suspect for homicide in teen's death

Posted at 8:23 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 20:23:56-04

The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office has declined to prosecute a suspect in the shooting death of a 17-year-old Brandon High School basketball player Jan. 1. 

The State Attorney's Office decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Cody Quinn, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Nunez said in a news release.  Prosecutors found there was not sufficient evidence to rebut Quinn's claim of self-defense. 

Jayquon Johnson, 17, a sophomore at Brandon High School, was shot to death on the 4500 block of Cabbage Palm Drive in Valrico the afternoon of Jan. 1. 

Johnson was a member of the varsity basketball team at Brandon High. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported Johnson was taken to an area hospital, where he died a short time after he arrived. 

During the course of the investigation, charges were filed against Quinn and his mother, Heidi Quinn. On Friday, both were arrested and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on Orient Road. 

Quinn's charges included unlawful possession of a firearm, possession with intent to sell, drug trafficking, and possession of drug paraphernalia. HIs mother, Heidi Quinn, was charged with tampering with physical evidence.