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Third suspect arrested in man's slaying at Pasco home

SHADY HILLS — Early on Oct. 16, three men burst into a home on Oxenham Avenue near the Pasco-Hernando line. They were looking for drugs and money, authorities say.

Gunfire rang out, and one man ended up dead, two others wounded.

With the arrest Friday of 18-year-old Ricky Washington, all three suspects in the slaying are behind bars, though the case remains under investigation.

Cory Lynn Evans, 21, was killed by a gunshot to the head. Evans' cousin, 25-year-old Kenneth Sheridan Evans, was seriously injured.

It took time to track down all the suspects, said Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll.

Calvin Leon Washington, 20, who is Ricky Washington's cousin, was caught first, about a month after the murder. According to the Sheriff's Office, Calvin Washington of Brooksville confessed to investigators about a plan to rob the people in the home. The intruders burst in about 5 a.m., but when the Evanses confronted them, Calvin Washington told investigators, "the robbery went bad."

After the gunfire, Calvin Washington and Ricky Washington dropped the third suspect, Taequan Jamal Griffin, at Spring Hill Regional Hospital. The Sheriff's Office said Griffin may have been shot by one of the victims. He was transferred to another hospital where he remained, in a coma, for weeks.

When he woke up and checked out, no one notified authorities, Doll said.

"We didn't know he was released," he said. "We thought he was still in a coma."

But someone tipped off investigators, and they arrested Griffin, 18, of Brooksville, last week. The shooting left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Ricky Washington, who has no listed address, was picked up in Hillsborough County on Friday. No details were released about where or how he was found.

He was being held Friday in Tampa's Orient Road Jail, charged with first-degree murder and aggravated fleeing to elude a charge out of Hernando County. He is expected to be transferred to Pasco soon, Doll said.

Calvin Washington faces first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder charges. Griffin faces first-degree murder and attempted felony murder charges. Both are being held without bail in the Pasco County jail.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Third suspect arrested in man's slaying at Pasco home 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 7:01pm]
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