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Suspect in Fatal Shooting Cooperating with Police, Stand-Your-Ground Possible Defense if Charged

BROOKSVILLE – Separate, unrelated shootings on the night of January 23rd claimed the lives of three people and left a fourth fighting for his life. (ORIGINAL REPORT)

Brene Marshall, 16, and Teneta Morrell, 40, were brutally murdered inside a home on Azen Loop, allegedly at the hands of 23-year-old Khristian Donvell Francis. After a brief search, SWAT stormed a residence on Thorncrest Ave and took Francis into custody without further incident. Francis is charged with 2-counts of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder for critically wounding 36-year-old Adolphus Washington. There are unconfirmed reports that Francis not only shot the victims but that he stabbed them multiple times during the terrifying ordeal.

One hour before terror struck the Hill n’ Dale subdivision, Brooksville Police say a possible drug deal gone bad led to the shooting death of 21-year-old De’Aundre Roberts.

The shooter in De’Aundre’s case has not been arrested but sources say he is cooperating with Police and that it’s in the hands of the State Attorney’s Office for review. There are unconfirmed reports that charges could come as early as next week.

We tried to speak with Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino on Friday, but he declined to comment at this time.

We were unable to reach the alleged shooter, “Anthony”, for comment but sources say he plans to claim the killing was in self-defense.

De’Aundre Roberts was laid to rest on February 3rd at Brooksville Cemetery.

We will bring more on this story as it develops.

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  • The sheriff is in on it and family members also friends fdla never gets involvement with Florida police corruption

    Saturday, 8 September 2018, 4:57 am
  • How the hell is this stand your ground what was he protecting his drugs this bastard is guilty put him in jail with the rest of the thugs

    Sunday, 11 February 2018, 11:08 am
    • You’ve been arrested for meth…

      Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4:06 am

    Sunday, 11 February 2018, 10:25 am
  • This is a black and white issue once again. Knowing of the shooter, This is not his first rodeo. Unless he is an informant. Time will surely tell.

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 11:02 pm
  • Drugs are the catalyst to self destruction and mass destruction to those around them. Eventually, it will catch up with you. No bad deed goes unanswered whether it is prison or In this case death. “Stand Your Ground” would not even be an issue for this young man if he hadn’t of been involved with Drugs in the first place! It’s so very sad and an epidemic of it’s own.😩

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 10:38 pm
  • That’s bs.. if it was self defense then why didn’t the shooter contact the police as soon as it happened? Why was the vehicle shot up 12 times.. I heard he was shot in the back or neck so if that’s the case if it was self defense why did he get shot inside of the car if he was on the outside of the vehicle when he was shot… yea it probably was a drug deal gone bad but still why he couldn’t just charge it to the game and deal with his loss instead he had to take a life over money? Money comes and goes but now his family has to live with him being gone forever.

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 9:40 pm
  • What if he was a buyer and the dealer was looking to rob him? Just because you are doing something illegal, you still have a right to defend yourself and are still open to being acquitted of the capital charge but convicted of the lesser charge. When it comes to issues of crime the facts of the case dictate the direction of both the prosecution and potential defenses. Rarely, if ever, are all the facts of a case public until the trial anyway so it’s I’ll advised to form an opinion until then. With that said, there remains a lot of case law that needs to develop before “stand your ground” becomes settled.

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 6:57 pm
    • According to statute no you are not protected
      (3) The presumption set forth in subsection (2)(stand your ground) does not apply if:
      (c) The person who uses or threatens to use defensive force is engaged in a criminal activity or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further a criminal activity; or…
      fl stat 776.013

      Saturday, 10 February 2018, 8:39 pm
        • I’d say buying drugs is a felony…whether or not he has drugs in hand. Same as robbery…you don’t have to complete the robbery, only try!

          Sunday, 11 February 2018, 9:10 am
      • Is the purchase a felony or the possession a felony? Criminal activity suggests deriving income whereas purchase unless for distribution does not. This hinges upon whether the sale actually transpired if the defendant claims he was being robbed and can show elements that this is the case.

        Saturday, 10 February 2018, 9:24 pm
      • Thank you some one with facts

        Saturday, 3 March 2018, 1:24 am
    • im not a laywer by no means but i think i remember when the law was passed it specifically stated you can use up to deadly force to defend yourself or your property so long as you have legal business being where you me a drug deal would exclude you from being shielded from procecution,i can be wrong but thats what i remember.

      Saturday, 10 February 2018, 8:49 pm
    • Well Yanker, that is the dumbest comment I have read. I guess under your laws, you can break into a business and find the owner has a gun pointed at you so it’s ok to pull your gun, defend yourself and kill him.

      Sunday, 11 February 2018, 8:52 am
  • In Hernando County all things are possible

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 6:08 pm
    • Oh yeah it is….

      Sunday, 11 February 2018, 6:31 am
  • I don’t think you can claim,”Stand your Ground” during the commission of a crime.

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 5:14 pm
  • im pretty sure that you cant use the stand your ground law to protect yourself while commiting a felony,so if it was a drug deal gone bad then peace out homie,i believe thats when 10 20 life kicks in,and damn life is a long time when your 23,good job ruining your life.

    Saturday, 10 February 2018, 5:01 pm

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