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Pinellas deputies make arrest in 2008 double homicide

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas sheriff's detectives have arrested a suspect in the 2008 shooting death of two St. Petersburg men.

Jerry Tyrone Jones, 22, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder on Thursday, deputies said.

Deputies said Jones has no known address, though jail records state he is from St. Petersburg.

Jones is accused of shooting Kyle Lynn Ellis, 24, and Cabretti Jalil Wheeler, 21, on Sept. 6, 2008, inside Dat's Right Audio, 8191 46th Ave. N in unincorporated Pinellas County.

Since the murders, Wheeler's mother, Lisa Wheeler-Brown, has become a local advocate for a safer community.

She created a foundation in her son's name and spoke out publicly after the death of Paris Whitehead-Hamilton, the 8-year-old St. Petersburg girl killed in a drive-by shooting in 2009.

Wheeler-Brown's cousin, Latedra Everett, 18, also was shot to death on Sept. 25, 2010, in St. Petersburg. Police have not reported any arrests in that case.

Wheeler-Brown could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

A third person was shot and wounded in the 2 a.m. shooting at Dat's Right Audio, though investigators have not publicly identified that person. Detectives said the car stereo shop and recording studio, located in a corrugated steel warehouse, was also the home of one of the victims.

Detectives did not release any details about the investigation that led them to Jones, who was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Thursday night without bail.

Jail records show Jones was already in jail when the murder charges were lodged against him Thursday. He had been held since Feb. 3 on charges of oxycodone possession, reckless driving, and resisting arrest. Jones has previously been arrested on charges of burglary and grand theft, records show.

Pinellas deputies make arrest in 2008 double homicide 04/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 12:00am]
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