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Man indicted in Tarpon Springs execution-style shooting

TARPON SPRINGS — Christopher Joseph Kubiak was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder Wednesday in connection with the execution-style shooting of martial arts instructor Joseph Brignoli.

Police have said Brignoli was forced to kneel in his Tarpon Springs driveway on Feb. 6, then was shot several times in his head and upper body.

Authorities also have said the case is somehow related to a Palm Harbor shooting the same day, in which an errant bullet hit 40-year-old Jim Freeman. He was not the intended target, police said.

Freeman died at his home on Monday after spending the previous week in the hospital, but the bullet to his cheek was not what caused his death, authorities said.

Authorities have said they are in the midst of their investigation, and it will take time to answer the many questions surrounding the shootings.

Man indicted in Tarpon Springs execution-style shooting 02/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 7:29pm]
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