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James Lee Rodgers
- 2nd Degree Felony Murder w/ Firearm
Eldrid “El” Jashad Martin (deceased)
On August 8, 2015 at approximately 2:23 a.m., the defendant unlawfully shot the victim during a dispute at 1515 E. 139th Ave. in Tampa. The defendant was arguing with the victim about money, which the defendant alleged was owed to him. During the argument, the defendant snatched money out of the victim's hand which escalated the argument. The defendant then displayed a firearm. The defendant and the victim continued to argue, at which time the defendant aimed his firearm at the victim and fired one shot into the victim's chest. After the victim was struck, the victim pulled a gun and shot at the defendant, striking the defendant in the neck, leg, and arm. The victim fled the scene and died as a result of the gunshot injury. The defendant was identified as the person who shot the victim first. The victim shot the defendant in self-defense.
On February 1, 2016, James Lee Rodgers was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Felony Murder w/ Firearm.