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2nd Brooksville man arrested in fatal shooting

SHADY HILLS — A second man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Cory Lynn Evans in October at a home on the Pasco-Hernando county border.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday arrested Taequan Jamal Griffin, 18, of Brooksville. Griffin is also charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Evans' 25-year-old cousin, Kenneth Sheridan Evans.

In November, authorities charged Calvin Leon Washington of Brooksville with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings.

Washington told investigators that he and two other men hatched a plan to rob the people in the home of drugs and money. The three men converged on the home just before 5 a.m. on Oct. 16, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Cory and Kenneth Evans confronted the men. From there, "the robbery went bad," Washington told investigators.

Cory Evans, 21, of Hudson was shot in the head. Kenneth Evans was shot three times and flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa.

Griffin was somehow shot by someone — possibly one of the victims — in the house when shots were fired, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. He was taken to Spring Hill Regional Hospital by Washington and the other suspect, according to the arrest report. Griffin was transferred to another hospital that authorities did not identify and had been in a coma, Doll said.

"Apparently, he recovered," said Doll.

Griffin, who is paralyzed from the waist down, had left the hospital, and someone called the Sheriff's Office with the tip, Doll said.

The third suspect remains at large, and authorities are not yet identifying him, Doll said.

Griffin was 17 at the time of last year's shootings and was booked this week as an adult. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail on no bail.

According to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report, Griffin had been arrested as early as 2001. In May 2008, he was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana by the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6247.

2nd Brooksville man arrested in fatal shooting 01/27/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 6:44pm]
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