|Screenshot of Martin Luther King|
This is related to a triple shooting that took place around 1:00 P.M. EST on January 9th, 2013 in the 1900 block of West 25th Street in Jacksonville. A group of individuals were playing cards or dominoes in an empty lot when the 33-year-old King, who was wearing a mask, allegedly walked up and shot at them numerous times with what was described as an "assault rifle" and then fled, leaving Andrew Lamon Stephens dead and Steveonte Stephens and Deangelo Bryan wounded. But the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was able to identify King through information provided by witnesses who came forward, including one witness who saw King remove his mask briefly and thus was able to identify him from a photo lineup. King was arrested on January 16th.
King's intended target in the shooting may have been Steveonte Stephens, who King supposedly suspected of shooting into his wife's grandmother's house on Christmas Day. King is not only charged with second-degree murder, but also faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for wounding the other two men. He's being held without bail in Duval County Jail as of this post.
King's parents say they deliberately named him Martin Luther as an expression of their high hopes for him. The family disavows any connection to the late civil rights leader. But apparently this Martin Luther King related more to MLK III the plagiarist and womanizer rather than MLK III the civil rights leader; this King has been arrested 12 times in Duval County since 2004, most recently for a probation violation in September 2012, according to jail records.