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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-039

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 2, 2016
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    Arrest Made in 2015 Homicide

    The victim and the suspect were arguing about money.
    • Monday
    • February 1, 2016
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 1515 East 139th Avenue
    • Tampa


    James Lee Rodgers
    DOB: 05/08/1991
    At Large


    • 2nd Degree Felony Murder w/ Firearm


    Eldrid “El” Jashad Martin (deceased)
    DOB: 08/02/1987
    At Large


    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.

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