Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Homicides in County Mount | Manatee Sheriff Investigates Double Slaying in Oneco

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Homicides in County Mount | Manatee Sheriff Investigates Double Slaying in Oneco

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CRIME

MANATEE COUNTY -- Two people were found shot to death Friday in Oneco.

Deputies responded at 1:20 p.m. to a shooting in the 5200 block of 15th Street Court East, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. They discovered two victims -- Lashawna Stevenson-Weeks, 27, and Barry Joseph, 32, -- outside of a home. Neither of the victims lived at the scene of the shooting.

"Detectives are working the incident as a double homicide," said Dave Bristow, Sheriff's Office spokesman.

These two deaths raise the homicide count in Manatee County to four since Tuesday. That's an arduous start for Sheriff Rick Wells, who was just sworn in on Jan. 3.

An arrest has been made in the earliest of those cases. Rebecca Rawson was shot Tuesday when she went to a man's

home in Parrish to retrieve

a dog. …

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