Police Make Arrest in Teacher’s Killing

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Six months after a North Port teacher was fatally shot on his front porch, authorities have arrested a suspect.

Investigators say 19-year-old Katrelle D’Mario Johnson was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday after a tip about a gun used in another homicide helped them put the pieces together. They say the March 29 shooting of 61-year-old William Kenneth Ellis was a botched home invasion/robbery.

North Port police Capt. Robert Estrada says Johnson confessed to being involved, but denies firing the gun.

Police say Johnson and another suspect were looking for a crime of opportunity when they saw Ellis’ wife through a front window. They thought she was home alone and knocked on the door. When Ellis answered, they fired twice.

The second suspect has not been arrested.

Source: Associated Press

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