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Clearwater teen charged in fatal shooting of man at Starkey Wilderness Park

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NEW PORT RICHEY — An 18-year-old high school student from Clearwater has been charged in the death of a man whose body was found over the weekend at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

The teen, Marcus Yulvaughne Wilson, told deputies he had been drinking about 1 a.m. Sunday with Christopher Ashton Martin, a Clearwater man who turned 30 that day. Wilson said he "passed out" on a picnic table at the park, then awoke to discover Martin was performing oral sex on him, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Wilson said he lost his temper and kicked Martin in the back, knocking him to the ground, the report said. Then Wilson picked up a handgun that Martin had set on the picnic table, and shot Martin to death, authorities said.

Wilson cleaned up the campsite at the park, covered the body with a sleeping bag and drove off in Martin's car, his arrest report said. He used $40 from Martin's wallet to buy gas, he later told deputies.

Deputies found Martin's car, wallet and gun at Wilson's home at 15759 Avalon Ave., Apt. A, in Clearwater. The arrest report says Wilson was a student at Mavericks High School, a charter school geared toward at-risk kids and students who have dropped out of traditional schools.

Wilson was charged with second-degree murder and remained Monday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail. His relatives could not be reached for this story.

Times staff writers Bridget Hall Grumet, Peter Jamison and researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

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