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Search for first-degree murder suspect spanned three states

Two months after the shooting death of former Taylor County resident Samuel Lee Hamilton Jr. in Gainesville, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (FRFTF) apprehended suspect Larry Whitehead Jr. Sunday morning (Sept. 15) in Hampton, Va., after an investigation spanning three states.

Whitehead was wanted on an outstanding Alachua County arrest warrant charging him with first-degree murder, armed burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon which was issued after Whitehead was identified by Gainesville Police as the person responsible for the shooting death of Hamilton at Southern Pines Apartments in southwest Gainesville on July 14. Whitehead fled from the scene after the murder leaving his whereabouts unknown.

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