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Florida Man Accused of Killing Half-Brother in 'Senseless' Shooting Over Lost Cell Phone: Prosecutors

Florida Man Accused of Shooting Half-Brother on Christmas Day
Source: DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office; Unsplash

Kendall Yarborough's half-brother was becoming 'increasingly obnoxious" while searching for his missing cell phone, so Yarborough allegedly shot him, police said.

Jan. 2 2024, Published 10:01 a.m. ET

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A Florida man was arrested after he allegedly killed his half-brother in a “senseless” shooting while his sibling unsuccessfully searched for his missing phone, according to authorities.

Kendall Yarborough, 28, was in Illinois visiting family for the holidays, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin.

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On Christmas Day, Yarborough’s half-brother, James Watson, got angry while he was looking for his cell phone on the home’s first floor.

According to court documents, family members claimed Watson was drunk and got upset that he couldn’t find the device. He became “increasingly obnoxious” and even “slammed a card table against the floor.”

After the table incident, witnesses said they heard a second noise, which was later determined to be a single gunshot, officials said.

Police believe Yarborough allegedly shot Watson from the second floor of the house, hitting him in the abdomen.

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Watson said, “I think he shot me,” according to court documents. One of the relatives reported seeing Yarborough holding the handgun after the shooting.

Family members rendered aid and called 911. Watson was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

At the residence, investigators found a 9mm Sig Sauer P-365X handgun and one spent shell casing, Berlin said.

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Yarborough was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder, according to law enforcement officials.

“This senseless act of violence will not go unpunished," Berlin said. "To James’ family and friends, I offer my sincere condolences and wish them strength as they mourn the loss of a family member and come to terms with another family member accused of his murder.”

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