Police Make Another Arrest in Last Week's Shooting

PANAMA CITY BEACH-- Panama City Beach Police have arrested another person in connection with last week's murder of 20 year old Ryan Brooks just outside of an apartment complex on Richard Jackson Boulevard

Beach investigators arrested 31 year old Mary Renee Laflin Monday, charging her with providing false information to a law enforcement officer.

They say Laflin is the girlfriend of one of the suspects, 24 year old Randy Jackson.

Jackson, 22 year old Joshua Smith and 17 year old Alyssa Watford showed up at The Club at Panama Beach Apartments early last Thursday morning, supposedly to buy marijuana for 23 year old Ryan Brooks.

But police say their real intent was robbery.

Investigators say Brooks had the same idea, bringing 25 year old Joseph Cannizzo with him so they could rob Watford.

The two sides then began shooting at each other.

Brooks died from his wounds.

Laflin is the seventh arrest in the case.

Police are charging Jackson, Smith, Watford, Cannizzo, Cannizzo's girlfriend 26 year old Nicole Philbrooke and his friend 34 year old Clinton Allen, with either first-degree-murder and armed robbery, tampering with evidence or lying to police.


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