Duo killed a person in retribution days after he was cleared in another homicide, cops say

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Source: MEGA; Marion County Sheriff's Office

Nov. 12 2021, Published 10:25 a.m. ET

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A man was cleared in a justifiable homicide and, days later, was found dead. Now, police said they arrested two people for the alleged retribution killing.

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On June 5, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a block in the Ocala, Florida area where they found a victim who had been shot. The victim was identified a Kobe Bradshaw and he was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Detectives investigated for several months and learned that murder was retaliation against Bradshaw, according to the sheriff’s office.

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Bradshaw, days before the killing, was cleared of wrongdoing in another homicide. Police said that victim was a friend of Brandon Jordan Merizier and Ralph Fontil.

Both Merizier and Fontil were arrested on Nov. 9 in connection to Bradshaw’s murder. Merizier is 17-year-old but is being charged as an adult.

The two suspects were charged with second-degree murder.

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