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Ocala residents arrested in connection with Brooker murder

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

According to arrest reports from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO), 3 Ocala residents have been arrested in connection with a murder and attempted murder in Brooker on the evening of May 17.

Around 7:15 p.m. on May 17, ASO received a report of a person being shot at an abandoned residence in the 1300 block of NW 223rd Lane in Brooker. LIfesaving measures on the gunshot victim, Tyerune Blocker of Lake Butler, were attempted when they arrived, but they were unsuccessful. A second victim [referred to here as Victim 2 to protect his identity], a resident of Brooker, was at the scene but unhurt.

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Victim 2 told deputies that he had been in contact with Jasmine Webb, that he had previously been in a relationship with her, and that the relationship had generated previous confrontations with Webb’s “on-again-off-again” boyfriend, Doug Heath.

On the date of the incident, the messages included a voice message that Victim 2 believed to be from Heath, “utilizing the telephone of [Webb] to communicate in a threatening manner.” The communication also included attempts to locate Victim 2, and a short time later, a black Nissan Titan pickup truck driven by Webb arrived at the location of the abandoned residence in Brooker with Heath in the passenger seat. Victim 2 told deputies that “Without provocation, multiple gunshots were fired from the truck.” Blocker, who later died, was near Victim 2 at the time, and as the truck drove away, Victim 2 heard Blocker say that he had been shot, “just before walking a short distance and ultimately collapsing.”

Surveillance footage from a nearby business showed a vehicle similar to the description given by Victim 2, and a query found a vehicle matching the description registered to Heath. License plate recognition software found the tag at various locations in Gainesville at times that were consistent with the possibility of being in Brooker at the time of the shooting.

An additional witness described a gray SUV that followed the pickup truck away from the location. A social media query found images suggesting that Heath was in relationships with both Webb and Martesha Williams Johnson. A query found that Johnson owned a Kia Sorrento that matched the description of the gray SUV, and license plate recognition software also found the Sorrento at various locations in Gainesville just before this incident.

On May 20, Johnson was contacted in Marion County and agreed to drive the Sorrento to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and provide a statement. While there, she provided consent to search her vehicle, and deputies found a magazine containing ammunition. At that point, Johnson withdrew consent, and the search was discontinued. She was interviewed, read her rights, and arrested. She acknowledged her association with Webb and Heath but did not confirm her involvement in the shooting.

Also on May 20, Webb was taken into custody on an active warrant, and Heath agreed to be transported to ASO to be interviewed. Heath was also interviewed and stated that on the date of the incident, Victim 2 had become “particularly aggressive” with his communication and that he had tried to ignore it. Heath said he was asleep when the incident occurred and denied any involvement. He said he later determined that his truck was “missing” and that he didn’t know where his cell phone was during the incident.

Webb was interviewed by ASO detectives in Levy County. She said Heath was “in control of” the pickup truck during the incident and that Johnson was driving the Sorrento. Webb claimed she was dropped off at the Sunoco in Reddick before the incident and not picked up until about 20 minutes later. Surveillance footage from the Sunoco showed all 3 defendants there about one hour before the incident and that they left traveling northbound around 6:30 p.m. License plate readers later picked up both vehicles at SW 13th St and SW 16th Avenue at about 6:50 p.m.

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