Man indicted for murder of Gilchrist County woman


Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.

A Gilchrist County grand jury on Tuesday indicted a man for first-degree murder in the death of a woman who was found fatally injured in a road on July 24.

Michael Darnell Porter, 53, was indicted for murder, sexual battery and burglary in the death of Joyce Burrow, according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office.

Neighbors found Burrow, 55, lying in the road in Bell after being struck by a car. Her dying words, authorities said, were that she was escaping an intruder in her house.

Neighbors later told investigators that they had heard a vehicle speeding away from Burrow and the house at 3500 NW 25th Circle, according to a sheriff's report.

They called 911 and stayed with Burrow until Gilchrist County Fire Rescue and deputies arrived.

Burrow was transported to UF Health Shands Hospital, where she was pronounced dead as a result of her injuries, according to the report.

The sheriff's department, investigating the case with other agencies, identified Porter as a suspect and arrested him on Aug. 3 as he reentered Florida after traveling to Alabama and Mississippi.

Porter's bond was being held without bond in the Gilchrist County jail on Tuesday on the murder charge and $1 million bond each on the sexual battery and burglary charges.

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