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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-212 (12-145)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 13, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Homicide Suspect Arrested

    Warrant issued for second suspect.
    • Tuesday
    • June 12, 2012
    • Time: 10:33 PM
    • 1916 115th Avenue E
    • Tampa, FL

    Arrested: 
     


    Nigel Lamier Shakes
    DOB: 8/27/1986
    1916 E. 115th Avenue
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Murder in the Second Degree
    • Accessory After the Fact

    Suspect: (At Large)
     

    Kuran Shakes
    DOB: 9/27/1981

    Warrants Issued for Second Degree Felony Murder, First Degree Attempted Murder and Armed Burglary with a Firearm

    Victim:
     

    George Sherry
    DOB: 5/14/1974
    14606 – 42nd Street
    Apt #328
    Tampa, FL

    Details:

    On April 23, 2012 at approximately 9:55P.M., the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office (HCSO) received a 911 call regarding shots being fired at 14606 N 42nd Street, Apt #328 in Tampa. HCSO Deputies responded to the scene and found George Sherry responsive, but with deep lacerations to the skull and bleeding heavily from his torso. George Sherry was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

    Homicide detectives interviewed victim #2, David Lowe, victim #3, Paul Jenkins, and witnesses, who were inside the residence and learned that George Sherry answered the front door after hearing a knock. The suspect, Kuran Shakes, and another unidentified black male entered the residence and a struggle ensued. Victim #2, David Lowe heard a thump at the front door and went to investigate the noise.

    David Lowe observed an unidentified black male standing at his bedroom doorway and approached him. As Lowe approached the unidentified black male, he heard bottles crashing in the entrance way to the residence. David Lowe went to investigate the noise and observed George Sherry on the ground with blood on his face.

    David Lowe was then struck on top of his head by the unidentified black male, which knocked him to the ground. The unidentified black male started yelling "get down" and began to kick Lowe in the body in an attempt to move him into the center of the hallway.

    Subsequently, victim #3, Paul Jenkins appeared from a back bedroom to see what was happening and saw a firearm close to his face and, heard one gun shot, with the bullet striking him on his right ear. Paul Jenkins retrieved his firearm from inside the apartment and shot multiple times in the direction of defendant, Kuran Shakes. In the exchange of gunfire, a round from Paul Jenkins's firearm struck George Sherry in the chest. The suspects then ran from the residence and fled the scene in a gold four door vehicles later identified to be driven by Nigel Shakes.

    Evidence at the incident scene yielded a trail of blood leading away from the residence where the victim was killed. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office determined Sherry's cause of death as gunshot wound of torso.

    On 04/24112 at approximately 1:20 am, HCSO was notified by the Clearwater Police Department that on 04/23/2012 at approximately 11:22 P.M., Kuran Shakes walked into the emergency room at Morton Plant Hospital with gun shot wounds to both arms.

    Blood samples taken from the incident scene matched that of Kuran Shakes via FDLE DNA analysis. Through further investigation, detectives also learned that Nigel Shakes a cousin to Kuran Shakes made a statement to witnesses, "We may have killed someone."

    On 05/04/12, Detectives responded to 1916 E. 115th Ave, Tampa and observed a four door, gold in color, Toyota parked in front of the residence.  Detectives made contact with Nigel Shakes and were informed the vehicle belonged to his mother, Ingrid Bailey and step father, Michael Bailey.  Detectives obtained information from Ingrid Bailey and Michael Bailey that Nigel Shakes does drive the vehicle.

    A search warrant was obtained for the above listed vehicle which yielded positive results for blood inside the vehicle.

    The investigation continues.
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