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Two more suspects charged in death of former East Bay High School football player

RIVERVIEW — Two more suspects were indicted by a grand jury for the murder of a former East Bay High School football player who was shot and killed during a botched drug-related robbery in 2013, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Paul N. McDonald, 22, and Christian White, 22, of Riverview, are both charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. Garrett Boone, 19, was arrested Aug. 4, 2013, and charged with first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.

Authorities said that on Aug. 3, 2013, Richard A. Russell, 19, was a passenger in a car that pulled up to Southpoint Park at 10510 Southern Point Blvd., where a deputy was working off duty. The driver told the deputy Russell had been shot. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Russell had asked the driver to take him to complete a drug buy with Boone near Early Run Lane and Ravens Nest Place, deputies said. Boone approached Russell while McDonald and White, who were armed and acting as Boone's accomplices, went up to Russell and the driver to rob them, and shots were fired, deputies said.

Two more suspects charged in death of former East Bay High School football player 06/12/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 9:31pm]

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