Double Murder Suspect Found Hiding In Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, FL – Columbia County authorities are awaiting the extradition of a 21-year-old man from Volusia County who they say shot and killed 2 men over the weekend at a bar.
Willie J. Wingfield III (picture courtesy Volusia County Jail) was arrested just after 4pm Sunday at a home on the 1200 block of Leon Lane in Daytona Beach, according to an arrest report from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Wingfield – who was born in Daytona Beach, according to V.C.S.O. – was apparently on the lam after an incident Saturday night in the town of High Springs, which is on the border between Columbia and Alachua counties.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office says they were called out to a bar on U.S. 441 in High Springs around 1:15am Saturday morning after 2 Fort White men – 38-year-old Dennis Lamont Smith and 24-year-old Erik Antonio Akins – were found shot dead.
Witnesses told C.C.S.O. that Wingfield shot the men after an altercation in the parking lot of the Santa Fe Bar and then fled the scene before law enforcement could arrive.
U.S. Marshals managed to track Wingfield down to the residence at 1227 Leon Lane in Daytona Beach – 123 miles away from the scene of the crime – where they took him into custody without incident and with the help of V.C.S.O. deputies.
“I am extremely proud of the efforts that went into this investigation, from all of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office employees, citizens of Columbia County, and the multiple agencies that were able to assist in bringing this investigation to a close so quickly,” said C.C.S.O. Sheriff Mark Hunter.
Records show that Wingfield has been arrested 7 times at the Volusia County Jail since 2002 and convicted in the past for grand theft, fleeing and eluding and battery.
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