4 indicted for murder in separate cases
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.
In an unusually heavy day at the Alachua County Criminal Courthouse, four men were indicted on murder charges in four separate cases on Thursday.
The Alachua County Grand Jury indicted Darren L. Bing, 38, for the murder of William Henry Redd, 44; Brandon Scott, 22, for the murder of Timothy Robinson; Darryl Scott, 40, for the murder of his adoptive mother, Roxie E. Scott-Kotb, 63; and Jonathan Rashad Peterson, 26, for the murder of Eugene Shelton, 26.
State Attorney Bill Cervone said the number of cases the jury saw was a rare event.
“I cannot remember the last time a grand jury dealt with four cases in one day,” Cervone said. “It's very unusual to have to deal with so much at one time.”
Cervone said he'll only seek the death penalty in the Redd shooting.
“We're considering death in the Darren Bing case,” Cervone said, “because it appears to be a killing for hire.”
Police allege Bing shot Redd on Dec. 3 on the lawn of Redd's home at 2010 NE 192nd Ave. Witnesses say they saw a black, four-door sedan speeding away from the area after the shooting.
Redd was transported to Shands at the University of Florida following the incident, where he died.
Bing was arrested several weeks later.
According to records from the Florida Department of Corrections, Bing has been sentenced to prison eight times in Marion and Pinellas counties since 1992.
Bing was indicted for first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, retaliating with a witness and tampering with evidence.
Darryl Scott was arrested about a week after his mother, Scott-Kotb, was found dead in her apartment on Jan. 13. Police believe he killed her with blows to the head, stole her car and traded the car for crack cocaine.
Family members told police that Darryl Scott had been having financial trouble and was pilfering money from his mother.
He was living with her after a 12-year stint in prison for attempted murder.
Cervone said Scott was indicted for first-degree murder, two counts of grand theft auto and petty theft of property.
Peterson, 26, allegedly shot Shelton in August. Shelton, a Santa Fe College student, was shot in the chest around 8:30 p.m. between buildings 12 and 13 at Rocky Point Apartments, 3100 SW 35th Place, after police say he went to the complex as part of an apparent drug deal.
Adrick Williams, 28, of Gainesville was arrested on a charge of accessory to murder in the killing.
Peterson told Williams he killed Shelton, according to reports, and showed him marijuana he took from Shelton after he fled from the scene.
Williams reportedly said he called his cellphone carrier and changed his number in an unsuccessful attempt to keep police from linking him to the homicide. Police arrested Williams, who said Peterson was his “homeboy,” or close friend.
Williams identified Peterson as the shooter in a photo lineup, and he told police he saw Peterson with a firearm the day before the shooting.
Peterson was indicted for both first-degree murder and felony third-degree murder, and Cervone said the jury will decide which is more appropriate. He was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon. Williams was indicted on the accessory charge.
Brandon Scott is accused of killing Robinson on Jan. 13 during an argument at Robinson's home at 9816 SW 162nd Terrace in Archer.
Scott grabbed a rifle and began shooting Robinson and two others — Wesley Boykin and Aja Newton, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Robinson ran from the home after being shot and was found dead about 200 yards from the home.
Boykin and Newton were also struck by gunfire and transported to Shands. Boykin was struck in the abdomen area and Newton was struck in the abdomen and in the arm.
According to Cervone, Newton is still alive but her long-term prognosis is unclear.
Scott was indicted for first-degree murder, Cervone said, and two charges of attempted first-degree murder.