Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Solve Floral City Shooting in 24 Hours – CBS Tampa

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News 10 a.m.) – The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a call referring to a shooting that had just taken place off South Great Oaks Drive in Floral City on December 27th. Within minutes, deputies arrived at the scene and located victim one, a 27-year-old white man with multiple gunshot wounds, who stated he had been shot and described the vehicle in which the suspects may have fled.

While providing assistance to the victim, they saw deputies a vehicle similar to the description, about 50 meters away.
After ensuring the victim’s safety, they approached the vehicle, where they spotted victim two, a 21-year-old white man who had also been shot several times. Despite attempts at life-saving efforts at the scene, the victim’s injuries were not survivable.

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Detective Dan Slingerland responded on the spot and began working on this case and the events leading up to the shooting. During his investigation, Detective Slingerland identified two suspects, 20-year-old Jevaris Nathan Dortch and 20-year-old David Julian Murrell, both from Floral City. Based on the investigation, Detective Slingerland believes that robbery was the motive behind the shooting.

In less than 24 hours after the incident, arrest warrants were obtained for both Dortch and Murrell, and they were remanded in custody at 5pm on 28 December.

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“Cases like these are devastating to our society,” Sheriff Prendergast said. “Although the first victim in this case was lucky to survive, another was murdered during this failed robbery. Thanks to the diligent work of Detective Slingerland, our community now has some answers and our victims want justice. Therefore, these two young defendants will spend the rest of their lives in prison because of their bad decisions. ”

Their fees are as follows: (No bond)

  • Jevaris Dortch (DOB 08/09/2001): Intentional murder, attempted premeditated murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal and shooting / throwing deadly missile into the dwelling / transport.
  • David Murrell (DOB 1/04/2001): Intentional murder, attempted premeditated murder and shoot / throw deadly missile into housing / transport.

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At present, our investigation into this deadly shooting continues. Anyone with information on this case should contact our office and speak to our Major Crime Unit by calling (352) 249-2790. Citizens can also report information anonymously by calling Citrus County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-ANY-TIPS.


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