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Man, teen arrested in drug-ripoff killing at St. Petersburg motel, police said

Officers say Vincent Donnell Evans Jr. and a teenager were robbing Goff for drugs and money when Evans allegedly shot and killed him in June.
Vincent Donnell Evans Jr., 24, was arrested this week on charges of first degree murder in the June shooting of 41-year-old Benjamin Goff at the Landmark Motel.
Vincent Donnell Evans Jr., 24, was arrested this week on charges of first degree murder in the June shooting of 41-year-old Benjamin Goff at the Landmark Motel. [ St. Petersburg Police Department ]
Published Jul. 22

ST. PETERSBURG — Police say they have made two arrests in a fatal shooting June 25 during a drug ripoff at a St. Petersburg motel.

Vincent Donnell Evans Jr., 24, and an unnamed minor who was 16 at the time of the shooting, face charges including murder in the slaying of 41-year-old Benjamin Goff at the Landmark Motel,1930 4th St. N.

Evans was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and resisting officers without violence, the teen charges of second-degree murder and resisting without violence.

The suspects were trying to rob Goff of drugs and money when a fight broke out and Evans shot Goff, police said. Officers arrived to find Goff’s body in a second-floor room.