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Ocala man charged in Halloween shooting in DeLand
By Joe Crews
posted Dec 5, 2013 - 4:04:44pm
A man suspected of shooting and robbing a DeLand man during an apparent drug deal on Halloween night was arrested on Dec. 2 in Ocala, authorities said.
According to an arrest affidavit prepared by a DeLand police detective, James Winfield Baker, 43, is charged with shooting Rehgis Logan in the face while both sat in Logan’s car on South Clara Avenue. After being shot, Logan tried to drive himself to Florida Hospital DeLand, but was crashed into another car at Clara and West New York avenues, said Sgt. Chris Estes, a department spokesman.
Because of the severity of his injuries, Logan was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach where he continues to recover, the detective said in the affidavit.
Detectives got conflicting information from witnesses about what happened before and after the shooting, but none of them saw the shooting itself, according to the affidavit.
When Logan was finally able to speak, detectives interviewed him on Nov. 25. Logan said he gave Baker a ride, and Baker shot him over money because Baker took $45 from the visor. He named Baker as the shooter and picked his photo out of a photographic lineup, the report says.
The investigative trail included Baker’s father in DeLand, who admitted owning two handguns, one of which had disappeared from his home. Theodore Baker insisted only his son could have taken it.
Eventually, detectives determined Baker was the shooter, and warrants were obtained for his arrest on charges of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery with a firearm and grand theft of a firearm.
Baker was arrested by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies on Dec. 2. He made his first appearance before a judge in Volusia County Dec. 4. The judge ordered Baker held on no bond on the attempted murder charge and $100,000 bond on the other charges.
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