Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Arrest made in April death of Tampa man

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TAMPA — Deputies arrested a 25-year-old man Tuesday night in connection with a killing earlier this year, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Nigel Lamier Shakes of Tampa faces charges of second-degree felony murder and accessory after the fact.

On the night of April 23, George Sherry was in his apartment at 14606 N 42nd St. in Tampa with four people when someone knocked on the door. Two men barged in and attacked Sherry.

Two others, Sherry's roommates, were hurt. David Lowe was knocked to the ground and struck several times and Paul Jenkins was shot in his right ear. Jenkins grabbed a gun and fired at the men, accidentally shooting Sherry in the chest. The attackers drove off, and detectives later determined Shakes was the driver, the Sheriff's Office said.

When deputies arrived, Sherry was bleeding heavily from his chest and had deep cuts on his head.

He later died at Tampa General Hospital. The Hillsborough Medical Examiner's Office determined Sherry died from the shot fired by Jenkins.

Jenkins will not be charged with Sherry's death because of the felony murder law, which makes suspects responsible for any deaths during a crime, Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

About two hours after the shooting, Kuran Shakes, Nigel's 30-year-old cousin, walked into Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater with gunshot wounds to both arms.

A trail of blood leading out of Sherry's apartment matched Kuran Shakes' DNA, the Sheriff's Office said. Nigel Shakes also told witnesses, "We may have killed someone," the Sheriff's Office said.

On May 4, detectives went to Nigel Shakes' home and found the suspected getaway car, a gold Toyota Camry, with blood stains.

A warrant was issued for Nigel Shakes, who was arrested Tuesday at his home, 1916 115th Ave. E. He was booked into the Hillsborough County jail and is being held without bail.

Kuran Shakes remains at large. Deputies have a warrant charging him with second-degree felony murder, attempted murder and armed burglary.

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