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Ocala Police Department charges murder suspect with solicitation to commit homicide.
Ocala Police Department charges Marion County Inmate with solicitation to commit homicide.

Ocala Police Department charges murder suspect with solicitation to commit homicide.

On November 4, 2010 the Ocala Police Department arrested Michael Lamar Woods for the 2007 homicide of Toni Centracco. Shortly after Woods’ incarceration at the Marion County Jail officials from the State Attorney’s Office started receiving information that Michael Woods was soliciting inmates at the jail in an attempt to hire them to murder a key witness in the case against him.

The Ocala Police Department launched an investigation into the allegations against Michael Woods. During the course of the investigation Detectives interviewed inmates and concluded that Woods was a serious threat to the key witness in the case against him.

Detectives were able to substantiate the inmate’s information by obtaining a recorded conversation between the inmate and Michael Woods, discussing the details of killing the key witness. Detectives also learned that during conversations between the inmate and Woods, an amount of $8000.00 was mentioned as compensation to commit the murder.

Detective Miguel Gauthier responded to the Marion County Jail on March 9, 2011 and formally charged Michael Lamar Woods with solicitation to commit homicide. Detective Gauthier requested that Woods be held without bond.



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