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Detectives seeking information on homicide case.
Ocala Police Department is working a homicide that occurred on 09-06-2012 at 1837 SW 1st Street.
Ocala Police Department is working a homicide that occurred on 09-06-2012 at 1837 SW 1st Street.

On September 06, 2012 at 2:25 PM Officers responded to 1837 SW 1st Street in reference to a reported death. Upon arrival Officers located the body of a female later identified as Shankera Smith 18 YOA. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene and Detectives are asking anyone with information to please call Ocala Police Department Detective Mat Steckman at 352-369-7147 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 352-368-STOP. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1000.00 for any information that leads to the arrest of the subject(s).

Detectives received information that Smith’s boyfriend Joseph Lenard Dennis Jr. 22 YOA was a possible suspect in the case. A BOLO was sent out for Dennis and he was located by Deputy Bobby Youmans from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Dennis was interviewed by Detectives and subsequently charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The homicide is still under investigation.


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