Waldo man enters no-contest plea in Newberry murder

Published: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:16 p.m.

A Waldo man scheduled to go to trial Monday for a 2007 murder accepted a plea deal on Thursday.

Gregory Bruce Dove, 21, of Waldo, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for the shooting death of Carl Arrington, 35, as well as attempted first-degree murder. Acting Circuit Court Judge David Reiman sentenced Dove to 25 years in prison and noted that Dove must serve a minimum of 20 years under current Florida laws covering the use of guns while committing crimes.

Arrington’s wife told deputies that an intruder wearing a black bandana shot at the couple inside their Newberry home on July 10, 2007. Spencer Mann, spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office, said the motive for the crime appeared to be robbery.

Carl Arrington’s brother, Michael Arrington, 42, of Newberry, originally was charged in the case, but charges were dropped against him as the investigation continued.

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