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Sheriff’s deputies arrest suspect in Ocala homicide

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Micheal Latrelle Simpson, 21, was arrested early Saturday morning after Ocala Police Department (OPD) asked Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASO) for assistance in finding a car associated with a homicide in Ocala. He has been charged in Alachua County with two counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon.

On Friday, detectives from OPD requested assistance in locating a green Honda that was associated with an incident in Marion County in which one person was killed and another was shot. Later that afternoon, a deputy saw a car that matched the description from OPD in the Palms of Archer mobile home park, “within feet” of the location of the June 5 shooting that killed a 16-year-old girl.

Deputies worked with OPD to compare details about the vehicle with video footage of the suspect homicide vehicle, including damage to the body of the vehicle, a vanity tag, and stickers on the front windshield and determined that it was the same car. At about 5:30 p.m., a man, later identified as Simpson, drove the car away.

Information on the car was relayed to patrol units, and a short time later, a deputy saw Simpson arrive at the Dollar General at 6733 SW Archer Road and walk briefly into the store. When he came out, he got into a different vehicle, which drove away from the Dollar General.

That vehicle was pulled over for an improper lane change, and a search warrant for the Honda was obtained. A loaded 9mm pistol and a box with 36 rounds of 9mm ammunition were found during the search. Simpson has three felony convictions, 2 in Hillsborough County, and one in Marion County, so he was arrested for two counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon. He is being held on $1,000,000 bond.

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An ASO spokesman told us that Simpson is not a suspect in the June 5 Alachua County homicide.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • My question is….why do they continue to release these criminals back into the streets?? Apparently he’s a very young man with an extensive criminal record…keep them caged if they insist on acting like wild animals!!! How many chances do they give to these kids that surely have absolutely NO HOME TRAINING??? This nonsense begins at home… appears to have lacked lessons on right from wrong !!!

    • It Doesn’t Always Start At Home Some People Just Get Around Wrong People && StArt Acting Like Them.

      • He prolly don’t have no daddy in his life is what she
        be saying.

  • “ Simpson has three felony convictions, 2 in Hillsborough County, and one in Marion County, ..”
    We need a 3 Strikes referendum on the ballot, now. Our detectives are great and don’t get paid enough. It’s the LOUSY state prosecutors and judges that are overpaid, and use revolving door “justice” to falsely look busy to the public. Sell the downtown SA, DA offices and both courthouses, move their chambers and everything to Taccachale next, with no air conditioning. Then they won’t want to look so “busy” anymore.

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