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Juvenile suspect identified in January 1 murder

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Tyree Denyel Johnson, 17, has been charged with second-degree murder for the January 1 shooting of 21-year-old Kiontaya Presley.

According to information filed by State Attorney Brian Kramer, the shooting was “imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, by using a handgun to shoot Kiontaya Lamar Presley in the back.” Presley was shot in the 500 block of SW 68th Terrace on the afternoon of January 1.

Johnson was originally booked into the Alachua County Jail as an adult on January 11, after charges were filed in a different case, alleging that he conspired with Presley to commit second-degree murder “by planning, agreeing, and traveling to shoot someone in retaliation for the murder of Kionne Atkins.” Atkins was killed at Copeland Park in Alachua on October 10, 2021.

Johnson is being held on $1,250,000 bail.

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