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A Florida Man Was to Care for a Dog While His Dad and Uncle Vacationed. Instead, He Shot Them Dead, Cops Say.

Florida Man Accused of Killing Dad, Uncle Before Family Vacation
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James Barber Jr. was arrested walking beneath an overpass in Florida after he allegedly killed his father and uncle, police said.

Feb. 21 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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Law enforcement officials say a man has been charged in the shooting deaths of his father and uncle in Florida.

On Feb. 16, James Barber Sr., 61, and Wesley Barber, 62, were found shot multiple times at Barber Sr.’s home in Largo, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

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Officials said Wesley Barber had traveled from Kentucky to Florida for a family vacation and was staying with Barber Sr. and his son, 28-year-old James Barber Jr.

Barber Jr. was supposed to stay behind to care for the family dog while his family members went on vacation,

When the Barber brothers didn’t show up for the trip on the morning of Feb. 16, family members reached out to police and asked for a welfare check.

Police said they went to Barber Sr.’s home and spotted blood under the front door. When they entered the residence, they located the dead victims.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance camera audio, which allegedly captured the murders and identified Barber Jr. as the gunman, authorities said.

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Officials said the surveillance audio captured gunshots just after 6 a.m. and the sound of Barber Jr. yelling, “F*** you. F*** you. Dead a** don’t give a f***, bro.”

On Feb. 17, deputies located Barber Jr. walking beneath the Interstate 275 overpass in Hillsborough County and he was arrested.

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Barber Jr. was charged with two counts of first degree murder.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

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