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Florida Suspect Accused Of Murdering Autistic Teen Sitting On Front Porch Smiles During Arrest

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Source: Marion County Jail; Ocala Police Department

Apr. 3 2023, Updated 1:39 p.m. ET

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A Florida man accused of killing a teenager with autism over a year ago was seen on video smiling when police recently placed him under arrest in connection with the slaying.

Geremy Doel Navarro, 20, was taken into custody on March 31 and charged with first-degree murder for the death of Ferron Williams shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2022.

“I want to commend the tireless dedication of our detectives who have worked diligently for the past 14 months to bring closure to the heinous murder of 19-year-old Ferron Williams,” Ocala Police Chief Mike Balken said, WOFL reported. “Their persistence in this investigation has led to the arrest of Geremy Navarro and I am proud to say that justice will finally be served.”

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Williams was at a friend’s home in Ocala using the public internet from a nearby Hardees fast-food restaurant when he was shot multiple times.

“We know that the young man was on the porch using the WiFi of a local restaurant and that's when a shooter came and shot him from the roadway,” Ocala Police spokesman Jeff Walczak said shortly after the incident occurred, according to WOFL.

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According to officials, Williams had permission to be on the property where he was gunned down.

Following the shooting, police said the victim attempted to flee from the area but collapsed on a nearby sidewalk.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the homicide.

Navarro was being held without bond at the Marion County jail.

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