A convicted felon now faces murder charges after being accused of killing a man found dead in a vehicle fire.
On Aug. 16, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida responded to a report of shots being fired and a wrecked vehicle.
When deputies arrived, they found a man inside the vehicle. Fire crews had extinguished the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
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The name of the victim hasn’t been released.
Investigators identified was a suspect vehicle and its owner Malik Gaines. On Aug. 23, deputies arrested Gaines and charged him with second-degree murder and other counts. A motive in the case has not been released.
Gaines was previously arrested in 2021 for carrying a concealed firearm and other counts.
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