Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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Seffner man faces murder charges in fatal shooting of Riverview woman

A Seffner man faces a charge of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a Riverview woman on Tuesday afternoon.

Uthman Jalabi, 19, was arrested after deputies say they found a gun Jalabi threw into a wooded area and blood on his driver's side door handle, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, 20-year-old Destiny Mayes, was transported to Brandon Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead, deputies said.

Around 1:15 p.m., deputies and Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to a report of a shooting at 12009 Park Ave. in Seffner.

After interviewing witnesses, deputies said they learned an individual known as "Q," later identified as Jalabi, told everyone to get out of the residence for about 30 minutes.

Jalabi, known as an acquaintance of Mayes, was seen fleeing the house in a brown Ford Crown Victoria, deputies said. Deputies found Jalabi driving the car near the intersection of Woodberry Road and S Falkenburg Road in Brandon.

They noticed blood on the driver's side door handle and Jalabi told them he had thrown a gun in a wooded area near the car, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies say the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, was found soon after with one spent casing in the cylinder.

During an interview, Jalabi told detectives he had slapped Mayes, prevented her from leaving the house and attempted to get rid of the gun, the sheriff's office said.

Jalabi was arrested and faces charges of first-degree murder, armed kidnapping and tampering with evidence. He is being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail.

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