Man on trial in alleged drug deal that led to fatal shooting


Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:29 p.m.

A Gainesville man is on trial for murder in what authorities allege was a drug deal gone bad.

The trial of Jonathan Rashad Peterson, 26, of 2510 NE Ninth St., Apt. 710, is expected to continue through the week, said Spencer Mann, spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office.

Peterson was arrested in August and charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the death of Eugene Shelton, 26, of Gainesville.

Also arrested in the case was Adrick Williams, 28, of Gainesville, on a charge of accessory to murder in the killing.

Shelton was shot in the chest around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23, 2012, 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.

According to GPD arrest reports, Williams loaned his cellphone to Peterson because Peterson said he needed to “make a play.” Witnesses said they heard Shelton and Peterson arrange a meeting.

Peterson told Williams he killed Shelton, according to reports, and Peterson showed Williams 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.

Mann said a jury was selected on Monday and Testimony began on Tuesday. Mann said Williams did not seek a delay in the trial.

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