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Pinellas murder investigation leads to arrests in Pasco

ZEPHYRHILLS — Detectives from three agencies converged on a Zephyrhills motel Wednesday night to arrest two people they say are connected to last weekend's fatal shooting in Palm Harbor.

Danny Lafever, 24, was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder about 7 p.m. just outside a motel off U.S. 301 and State Road 39. His girlfriend, Danielle Barrett, 30, was arrested on drug charges.

Authorities say the couple provided $500 worth of illegal drugs last week to Austin Bradley Childers, 21. Then, on Saturday night, the couple went to collect their money, Pinellas detectives said.

They met Childers about 8 p.m. at 3541 Rolando Drive, near the intersection of Belcher and Curlew roads in Palm Harbor.

At some point during the meeting — detectives haven't said why — Lafever shot Childers, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Then Lafever and Barrett took off, authorities said.

Detectives said they were able to identify the suspects and the red Ford they were driving, a vehicle they said matched the one seen fleeing the scene of the shooting with its headlights off.

On Wednesday, they tracked the couple down in Zephyrhills. Lafever and Barrett were arrested outside the motel without incident by Pinellas deputies, Pasco deputies and Zephyrhills police.

Both Lafever and Barrett were booked into the Pasco County jail. Lafever is being held without bail. Barrett is being held in lieu of $90,000 bail on several drug charges. She has not been charged in Childers' death.

The victim was from the Palm Harbor area. Lafever and Barrett were listed as transients by detectives.

Pinellas murder investigation leads to arrests in Pasco 01/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 6, 2011 8:55pm]
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