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Tampa man charged with killing pregnant woman, fetus in shooting

He is charged with first-degree murder, killing an unborn child, shooting into a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Tampa police have arrested a man in connection with the shooting death of a pregnant woman earlier this month.

Jerry Myer Lee, 45, faces multiple charges in connection with the death of Zakiera Grandberry, 22, who was 23 to 26 weeks pregnant when she was killed in the early morning hours of May 5. Her fetus also died.

Lee is charged with first-degree murder, killing an unborn child, shooting into a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Just after 5 a.m. on May 5, police were summoned to the 1000 block of East 25th Avenue to a report of shots fired. Officers found a red Chevrolet Camaro with bullet holes though the front driver’s side window. Grandberry was dead inside the car from multiple gunshot wounds. She had been going to her job at WaWa when she was shot, reports state.

The next day, Lee was arrested on unrelated warrants that charged him with tampering with an electronic monitoring device and violating his probation on previous charges of cocaine trafficking and escape. He was taken to the Orient Road Jail.

Homicide detectives zeroed in on Lee as a suspect in the murder because Grandberry had sought several injunctions against him and they found evidence he had placed a GPS tracker on her car. Detectives also found video surveillance from the area, and people familiar with Lee were able to identify him as the person shown in the video, police said.

Detectives also found paperwork in the Camaro that indicated Lee was the father of the child, arrest reports state.

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