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Zephyrhills man charged in playground shooting

LAND O'LAKES — The suspect in a June 28 shooting at a Wesley Chapel playground turned himself in Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Cesario Acosta III, 30, of Zephyrhills was charged with attempted murder, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Deputies said the attack was prescription drug-related.

Tony Barnes, 20, was shot in the abdomen about 9:50 p.m. at the Ashley Pines community playground, where deputies suspect he was involved in a drug deal, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said. Barnes, who was treated for his injuries, lives a few blocks from the park.

Acosta has a lengthy arrest record in Pasco County, including charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine on separate occasions, grand theft, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Acosta also has been a victim: In April 2006, he was hit by a car and stabbed in the back. Dennis Lennard Johnson was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated battery and fleeing law enforcement.

Acosta is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5 million bail.

Zephyrhills man charged in playground shooting 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 5:40pm]
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