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2 indicted for murder

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By Bob Reichman

Two Wildwood men were indicted last week on charges of premeditated murder and robbery in connection with the January murder of Wildwood resident Richard Len.
Last Wednesday, March 30, a Sumter County Grand Jury convened and indicted Leonard Antonio Massey, Jr., 22, and Gerald Devon Patterson, for Len’s murder.
Authorities believe Len’s death was the result of a “drug debt,” according to sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Hofecker.
Massey has been in custody at the Sumter County Detention Center since his arrest on Feb. 4, on unrelated drug charges. Patterson remained a person of interest as detectives worked to gather evidence to support the charges. Patterson was immediately taken into custody following his indictment, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
During the investigation, the District 5 Medical Examiner’s Office determined Len’s death to be a homicide as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Len had been shot four times in the head and upper body, according to Hofecker.
Len was last seen on Jan. 11, after making a telephone call to his wife saying he was being held and needed money. The following day, his car was found burning off C.R. 216A in Wildwood.
Sheriff’s detectives found Len’s body on Jan.20, in Wildwood, after receiving information that a body had been discovered in the area. The original site was investigated and evidence was found indicating a body had been there but removed.
Len’s body was later found at a second site, in a wooded area, off C.R. 228 in Wildwood.
Massey’s sister, Latonia Latimer, 23, of Lady Lake, was arrested by sheriff’s detectives on March 9 and charged with accessory after the fact to a capital felony after evidence was discovered linking the use of her vehicle to transport Len’s body. Latimer was released from custody after posting $25,000 bail.
Both Massey and Patterson are being held without bail at the Sumter County Detention Center.
No additional arrests are expected, said Hofecker.