Deputies investigating homicide in Panama City

Published: May. 29, 2017 at 1:07 PM CDT
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UPDATE 5/30/2017 9:45 a.m.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office released the incident report Tuesday morning.

Rebecca Stevens called BCSO to report the shooting. Jonathan Bennett told officials he shot Cody Littleton Darby.

"I just shot him, he is in the back bedroom," Bennett said referring to Darby.

BCSO officials found Darby in a bedroom with a gun shot wound to his throat.

According to BCSO, Stevens told officials Bennett and Darby had been arguing that morning. She said she was sitting in the living room when Bennett came back to the house with what appeared to be a rifle in his hand.

Stevens said she heard a loud "pop" come from the back bedroom. Afterward, she said Bennett returned to the living room with blood on his shirt.

Stevens also said Bennett told her to leave the house because he shot Darby.

This case is pending.


According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Jonathan Bennett, 20, of Panama City, has been charged with an open count of murder.

The victim has been identified as Cody Littleton Darby, 29.

The investigation is ongoing.


Officials with the Bay County Sheriff's Office say they received a call in reference to a shooting around 11 a.m. today. Deputies responded to a home at 2724 E 11th Court.

In the bedroom of the home, deputies found a man dead with a gunshot wound. They have not yet released his name.

Deputies say the suspect was sitting on the ground in the driveway of the home and has been taken into custody without incident. He has been identified as Jonathan David Bennett, 20.

At this time, officials say the victim and Bennett were in an argument that escalated.

Criminal Investigations and the BCSO Crime Scene Unit have responded to the scene.


Bay County Sheriff's Officials have confirmed they are on the scene of a residence in Panama City where they are investigating a homicide.

Officials say it happened on 11th Court.

This is a breaking news story. We'll continue to update this article with more information as we have it.

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