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Accused Murder Tried Hiding In Closet, Left Gun In Cereal Box After Crime, Police Say

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Source: Bay County Jail; MEGA

Apr. 27 2022, Published 11:09 a.m. ET

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A Florida man hid in a closet and hid an alleged murder weapon in a cereal box as he tried to elude police after a killing, according to WDHN.

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Andre Levy, 32, is accused of fatally shooting Zaniah Taylor, whose sister he shares two kids with, after an altercation at an Andrew's Place apartment in Panama City, Florida, the outlet reports. Levy confronted Taylor about her sister, and then Taylor and a man in the apartment, Jammie Lamar Murray, tried to get the man to leave.

Court records state that Levy and Taylor wound up in a physical fight in which Levy pulled a gun out of his waistband and show the woman three times, WDHN reported.

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Levy then left the scene before hiding in a closet and hiding the gun in a cereal box at an apartment on Laurie Avenue. Panama City police found Levy a short time later and arrested him, according to WDHN.

Levy told police that Taylor choked him and slammed him into a wall. When investigators told Levy they found the gun he admitted to lying about the shooting, WDHN noted.

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“He then recanted his version of events, and instead explained that he has had the gun for several weeks,” investigators wrote. He then told investigators the same sequence of events but said he brought the gun to the apartment and pulled it out of his waistband.

“The defendant stated once he pulled the firearm out, the victim let go of him,” investigators wrote. “The defendant then stated he fired multiple shots at the victim at close range. … The defendant then picked up his shoe and fled in his Honda Civic with the firearm still in his possession.”

Levy is being held without bond in the Bay County Jail on a murder charge.

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