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Registered sex offender found murdered in Groveland neighborhood

2-1-2014 Florida:

GROVELAND -- Deputies are working to find the person they say shot and killed a man in Lake County.

Officers said they found 31-year-old Justin Russell shot on the 15000 block of Stuckey Loop around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

He was taken to South Lake Hospital where he later died.

Russell was released Nov. 4, 2013 from the Everglades Correctional Institution in Miami on cocaine possession and simple battery.

He was previously arrested for attempted sexual battery and failing to comply as a sex offender.

If you have any information in this case, call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 343-2101 or Crimline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). ..Source.. by News13Now

Lake deputies name suspect in Groveland man's murder

2-2-2014 Florida:

GROVELAND -- Lake County Sheriff's deputies have named a suspect in the murder of a man.

Eighteen-year-old Travis Miller is wanted in connection with the early Saturday morning murder of 31-year-old Justin Russell.

Investigators said Miller is known to spend time in both Clermont and Groveland.

Russell’s sister, Carlotta Moton, said her brother was shot and killed on the 15000 block of Stuckey Loop around 2:30 a.m. He tried to break up an argument at a party about someone wearing a shirt supporting the search for Xavier Tarrand, who disappeared two weeks ago.

Some witnesses are saying it was mistaken identity.

At this time, deputies said there's no evidence to suggest the shooting was in retaliation to Tarrand's case.

“They let my brother die on the side of the road,” Moton said. “My brother died right here. It was nobody here to help him. There were two girls here that work at the hospital that kept him stable and put pressure on him. But, it was nothing nobody could do.”

Russell, a registered sex offender, was released from prison in November after serving time for cocaine possession and simple battery.

If you can help investigators find Miller, call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 343-2101 or Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS (8477). ..Source.. by Jerry Hume

Detectives investigate murder of registered sex offender

Lake County detectives have determined a possible suspect in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old sex offender that happened in Groveland early Saturday, deputies reported.

Detectives say the victim, Justin Russell, got into an argument with 18-year-old Travis L. Miller early Saturday morning. The argument ended with Miller opening fire and fatally shooting Russell.

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