Two More Arrests in Springfield Murder

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two more teenagers in connection with Friday's murder in Springfield.

18-year-old Damon Washington is charged with murder and armed robbery. 18-year-old Tykeyah Castleberry is charged with being an accessory after after the fact to murder.

The Bay County Sheriff’s office is holding a news conference at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the arrests and the latest on the investigation.

Washington and Castelberry are the latest of five

Deputies say 19-year-old Christopher Purswell and 22-year-old Branden Junlakan were shot while trying to sell what’s believed to be synthetic marijuana. Purswell was shot in the head and died at the scene. Junlakan was shot in the face and was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. He has since been released.

The latest arrests now make five people charged in the case. 18-year-old Katari Jackson, 18-year-old Marquez Robinson and 23-year-old Jerry Morris were arrested Saturday night.

According to court records obtained by News Channel 7, Castleberry lied to investigators after the murder. She told them her boyfriend, 18-year-old Katari Jackson, was at her house at the time of the murder. She also told them she had no idea who shot Purswell and Junlakan.

But when police questioned Washington on Monday, he said he was at the scene when the murder happened. Washington also said he and Jackson went to Castelberry’s house afterward and talked about the murder.

Those same court records show Washington called Purswell on Friday and asked them to pick him up at Gardner Dickenson Apartments (1205 Everitt Avenue). When Purswell, Junlakan and a third person arrived, Washington got in the car and called Jackson. Jackson told Washington to meet him at 8th Avenue and Helen.

As soon as Purswell, Junlakan and Washington got out of the car, Jackson and Washington asked Purswell to show them the “dope.” When Purswell pulled the drugs out of his pocket and put them on a scale, police say Jackson shot Purswell in the head.

Panicked, Junlakan and a third person ran back to the car while Jackson and Washington fired shots. Junlakan tried to close the door, but was shot in the face, just under his left eye.

15 to 20 minutes before the murder, Katari received a text that read “Baby, please be careful. Every time you grab that (expletive) gun, my knees get weak, my stomach start flippin’, my eyes get teary. I just want you safe.”


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