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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Suspected gunman arrested in Pinellas Park murder


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Pinellas Park police say they have arrested the gunman in a fatal shooting last week that was the result of a drug deal gone wrong.

Richard Boykins, 34, was arrested Thursday by the St. Petersburg Police Department Intelligence Unit and the U.S. Marshals Office on unrelated charges. Today, detectives said they identified Boykins as the shooter in the July 12 killing of Gerald Francis Way II.

Way, 24, had contacted Mariah Jordan Bell, 22, to arrange to buy Roxicodone; she, in turn, contacted a co-hort known as "Rick" to set up a deal, according to Bell's arrest affidavit.

When Bell and Rick showed up at Way's home at 5021 69th Ave. N. in Pinellas Park early on July 12, Rick got out of their vehicle and demanded his money, the affidavit says. After shooting Way, Rick got back into their vehicle and Bell drove away, the document says.

Way suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen and was transported by friends to Northside Hospital. He was subsequently transported to Bayfront Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.

The motive for the shooting appears to be robbery, detectives said. There also was some bad blood between Rick and Way, as Way had robbed Rick of several hundred dollars several weeks before the shooting, the affidavit says.

Boykins is charged with first-degree murder and is being held in the Pinellas County Jail.

Bell was arrested Monday and also charged with first-degree murder.

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