Victim Found Dead In Burned Car, Convicted Felon Now Accused Of Murder

Source: Escambia County Sheriff’s Office; MEGA

Aug. 25 2022, Published 10:08 a.m. ET

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A convicted felon now faces murder charges after being accused of killing a man found dead in a vehicle fire.

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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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