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Grand Jury Indicts Summerfield Man for First-Degree Murder with Firearm

Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies have made a significant breakthrough in an ongoing murder investigation, leading to the arrest of a Summerfield man. Joseph Edward Horrighs, born on August 9, 1985, was taken into custody on February 27, 2024, following a Grand Jury indictment for Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm.

The incident dates back to September 21, 2023, when deputies responded to reports of a shooting and vehicle crash in the 2500 block of SE 174th Place. Tragically, Darius Dunyel Jones, born on October 2, 1967, was discovered deceased at the scene, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives delving into the case uncovered a series of events leading up to the fatal encounter. Horrighs, allegedly under the influence of methamphetamine, was accompanied by a witness when he was picked up by Jones and driven to a local Walmart. Horrighs, displaying signs of paranoia, expressed discomfort with the chosen location. Following their departure from the store, an altercation erupted between Horrighs and the witness, prompting the latter to leave the vehicle and head home, leaving Horrighs and Jones alone approximately 20 minutes prior to the shooting.

Further investigation, including the discovery of shell casings matching those found at the crime scene, along with witness statements and other corroborating evidence, led detectives to build a compelling case. Subsequently, the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office convened a Grand Jury, resulting in the indictment of Horrighs for Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm.

Presently, Horrighs remains incarcerated without bond at the Marion County Jail as legal proceedings progress.

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