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Teen charged in FPC student's murder will be tried as an adult

Suspect Marion Lee Gavins was 17 at the time of the fatal shooting. He faces a charge of first-degree murder with a firearm.
by: Jonathan Simmons Senior Editor

The suspect in the April 14 shooting death of 18-year-old Flagler Palm Coast High School student Curtis Gray had a pretrial hearing Dec. 10 at the Flagler County courthouse, and will be tried as an adult, according to the State Attorney’s Office.

Suspect Marion Lee Gavins, now 18, was 17 at the time of the shooting. He is charged with first degree murder with a firearm.

The case, which is before Circuit Judge Terence Perkins, has not yet been scheduled for trial. 

An additional pretrial hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 11, 2020.

Gavins shot Gray outside the Coin Laundry on Belle Terre Parkway near Palm Coast Parkway in the early morning hours of April 14 after an argument, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Gray was shot in the abdomen and taken to Halifax Health, where he died.

Deputies identified Gavin as a suspect 12 hours after the shooting and arrested him after a 36-hour investigation, and the Sheriff’s Office requested that he be charged as an adult.

Gavins’ criminal history dates back to 2014 and includes arrests for the sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, violation of probation and possession of a weapon on school campus (an 8-inch kitchen knife), and domestic violence.

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