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Volusia Sheriff’s Office seeks suspect in Daytona-area shooting last year

Photo of Darrell Willis, provided by the Volusia County Sheriffs Office.
Volusia County Sheriffs Office

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Investigators obtained a warrant this week for the arrest of a suspect in a Daytona Beach-area fatal shooting, and are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect. Sheriff’s spokesperson Gary Davidson says detectives believe the suspect, 46-year old Darrell Willis, has changed his appearance and cut his hair to avoid apprehension. The man was described as having “...long hair in a dreadlock style…” when the shooting happened in October last year. Willis is also said to live in the Elkton area in St. Johns County.

As reported last year by this writer, the Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened in the parking lot of Papi’s Bottle Club on North Nova Road last October 5, around 5 in the morning as the establishment was closing. Witnesses told investigators that a fight that started inside the club spilled out into the parking lot. Detectives say they have video that shows Willis walking to the car of a friend with a gun in his hand, and also shows Willis at the front of the vehicle as he“…raised his right hand and fired the gun in a northerly direction….”

The Sheriff’s Office says a 28-year old man, Jeriell Lesane was hit by the gunshot, and died later at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. Volusia County Sheriff’s Investigators with the Major Case Unit say they do not believe Lesane was the target of the shooting, or involved in the fight at first.

The warrant obtained for Willis includes charges of Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. If you have information about the whereabouts of Darrell Willis, you can call the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free at 888-277-TIPS (8477). You can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers by texting TIP231 along with your message to CRIMES (274637). The Sheriff’s Office says individuals providing information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous, and can qualify for a $1,000 reward.

Click here to visit the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office website.

Click here to visit the Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida website.

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