On Monday, October 2, 2023, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes Detective Kip Peterson arrested Jowarn Mitchell (DOB: 8/18/1998) for the murder of Quentin Samuel Jr.

On July 20, 2023, at around 5:30 p.m., MCSO deputies responded to 6500 SE 41st Court, in Ocala, in reference to a shooting. Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) also responded and located Quentin Samuel Jr. deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. A witness stated after hearing gunshots, they saw a maroon truck they believed belonged to Mitchell’s father leaving the location. Deputies quickly located and stopped the vehicle on Highway 314A. Mitchell was the driver and sole occupant.

During an interview with Mitchell, he denied being anywhere near Quentin’s home but instead went to get food and have a tire fixed. When detectives asked specifically what locations he went to, he stated he received “crazy news” and began driving around to “clear his head,” but still claimed he did not go to Quentin’s house that day. Detective Peterson used investigative techniques throughout this investigation to determine that Mitchell was untruthful about his whereabouts that day. He was also able to prove that Mitchel was, in fact, in front of Quentin’s home around the time of the shooting.

Mitchell was arrested for Murder in the Second Degree and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he is held without bond.

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