Homicide Under Investigation In Bay County

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - Bay County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a homicide in the Cedar Grove community after they say a verbal argument led to gun fire. 

The shooting took place on East 11th Court and Marion Joyner Drive in a residence. The suspect is in custody but the Bay County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the motive behind the crime.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the suspect, Jonathan David Bennett of Panama City, outside of the residence and the victim, Cody Littleton Darby, deceased in a bedroom with a gunshot wound. 

"There is some indication from the witness that they had been arguing this morning. The suspect left and came back supposedly with a gun and then approached the victim in the bedroom" said Bay County Sheriff, Tommy Ford. 

An alleged argument turned violent when Bennett  shot Cody Littleton Darby.

"We have taken the male into custody and our criminal investigations division is out here and will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances and will determine charges" said Ford. 

Bennett is currently being charged with an open count of murder. The investigation is still ongoing.  




UPDATE 5/30: 

Yesterday morning around 11 a.m, Investigators say Jonathan Bennett fatally shot his roommate after a fight. Bennett was taken into custody on scene and today he went before a judge for a bond hearing.

Bennett and his roommate, Cody Darby, were in a verbal altercation that led to the shooting. Authorities say Bennett accused Darby of doing drugs, bringing home women and not working. 

Following the argument, the arrest affidavit shows Bennett left the victims home, went to his mothers and got a gun. Once he retrieved the gun, he then returned to the home to shoot Darby.

Court records also show this is not the first offense for Bennett. In July of 2015, Bennett was charged with Battery. 

"The judge considers their charges, they consider their previous criminal history, they consider whether they're a flight risk or not, and do they have ties to the community. And then the judge will say what they believe to be an appropriate bond" said Bay County Sheriff, Tommy Ford. 

Bennett is currently being charged with an open count of murder while authorities continue to investigate the incident. 

"It'll take a little more investigation and consultation with the State Attorney's office and even possibly a grand jury presentment before you're able to determine what degree of homicide, the charge. And that'll be a decision by the State Attorney's office" said Ford. 

Bennett is being held without bond and his next court date will be June 19th.

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