Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Slain in St. Johns Camp Cigarette Dispute May Have Escalated

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Slain in St. Johns Camp Cigarette Dispute May Have Escalated

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********** CORRECTION April 28, 2000

The State Attorney's Office has filed a death penalty notice with the court on murder defendant Johnny Pittman, but prosecutors haven't decided whether to seek the death penalty. Because of a reporter's error, a Law and Disorder item on Page B-2 Wednesday misstated prosecutors' intentions.

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A dispute over a cigarette may have led to the third slaying in St. Johns County in two days when a labor camp resident in the western part of the county was killed early yesterday, officials said.

Ariel Gregory, 32, was charged with murder in the death of a 44-year-old worker at the Hayward Labor Camp in the 6000 block of Armstrong Road about 3 a.m. He is being held without bond at the St. Johns County jail.

The victim has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, said St. Johns County sheriff's spokesman Kevin Kelshaw.

Kelshaw said deputies responded to an altercation at the camp and found the victim dead. Kelshaw said an argument between the two labor camp residents may have started over a light for a cigarette and may have been an extension of an earlier dispute.

Witnesses identified Gregory, who had left the camp and was located at a residence in the 5900 block of County Road 207.

No cause of death has been released. An autopsy will be performed.

Two other victims have been identified in a double slaying in Flagler Estates on Monday. Investigators said the bodies of Dorothee Scott, 37, and Coit M. Mulligan, 46, were found in the yard of the mobile home they shared in the 10000 block of East Deep Creek Boulevard in the community south of Hastings.

No cause of death has been released pending an autopsy.

Daniel John Dengler, a 52-year-old cabdriver who knew Scott and Mulligan, was charged with two counts of murder and is being held without bond in the St. Johns County jail.

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