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COX FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN 2022 CASE

COX FOUND GUILTY OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER IN 2022 CASE

(Marion County, FL) The Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office announces a significant development in the case involving the shooting incident at a local store on March 25, 2022.

Following a trial of significant evidence involving the tragic death of 23-year-old Jacorie Deaunte McCullough, jurors delivered their verdict yesterday in a Marion County courtroom.

Twenty-year-old Leandre Rashad Cox was found guilty of Second-degree Murder. The verdict comes after diligent efforts by officers with the Ocala Police Department, who collected evidence, interviewed witnesses, and pieced together the events leading up to the fatal shooting.

"The verdict serves as a testament to the unwavering dedication of law enforcement to pursue justice and uphold the safety of our communities. Our thoughts remain with the family and loved ones of Jacorie," said Bill Gladson, Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney. "While nothing can undo the pain of their loss, we hope that this verdict brings some measure of closure and peace."

According to the investigation, then-18-year-old Cox, along with two other individuals, engaged in a confrontation with the victim. Surveillance footage revealed Cox's armed confrontation with the victim, which led to the fatal shooting.

Cox was promptly arrested just five days after the incident and has since been incarcerated at the Marion County Jail.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office extends its gratitude to Ocala Police Department Chief Balkin and the lead detective, Detective Kyle Kern for their diligent work in this case. We also thank the community for their cooperation throughout this investigation and subsequent court proceedings.

Assistant State Attorney Michael ‘Adam’ Smith Jr. ensured the successful prosecution of this case.  

 

Published 02/08/2024.


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Media Contact: Walter Forgie, (352) 671-5900, wforgie@sao5.org