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Police charge second suspect in Pinellas Park murder

PINELLAS PARK — Authorities have arrested a man they said is the shooter in a drug-related murder that took place a week ago.

Richard Boykins, 34, of St. Petersburg, was charged with first-degree murder Friday after Pinellas Park police detectives linked him to the July 12 slaying of Gerald Way, 24, who was gunned down outside a home in the 5000 block of 69th Avenue N.

Boykins already had been booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Thursday — after St. Petersburg police officers and the U.S. Marshals took him into custody on drug charges and probation violations.

Pinellas Park authorities said Boykins and Mariah Jordan Bell, 22, who was arrested on a murder charge Monday, are responsible for Way's death.

Detectives say Bell arranged to buy oxycodone from Way. After she arrived, Boykins stepped out of his car and demanded money, according to an arrest report.

Bell told detectives she then heard a gunshot.

Way was hit once in the abdomen and was taken to a hospital by friends. He later died.

Police charge second suspect in Pinellas Park murder 07/19/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 19, 2013 6:30pm]
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