UPDATE: Darren Black Sentenced in Deadly Shooting

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Darren  Black sentenced to 30 years for murder of Michael Carr

Darren Black

UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
June 10, 2014

A Miccosukkee man is now headed to prison for shooting his friend after an argument at a wedding reception.

Ours were the only cameras rolling when the judge sentenced Darren Black to 30 years in prison for the murder of Michael Carr.

Carr was shot and killed in the driveway of a friend's home in July 2012.

The state pushed for a life sentence as Carr's family - including his three children - sat in the front row.

A victim advocate read a letter from one of his 16 year old sons.

"I wasn't ready for him to leave, I feel lost and I'm so scared, wondering what to do or where to go. I needed him here to show me the way and that was taken from me," she read.

"Darren is indeed feeling remorseful for his actions and under no circumstances meant for any of this to happen," Black's wife Nekeshia Black said. "He regrets what actions were and he wants to send his condolences to the family of Michael Carr."

Black did not say a word during the hearing.

The judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison for Carr's murder with a 25 year minimum mandatory.

Witnesses say the whole thing stemmed from an argument over who had the fastest car.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
April 11, 2014

A jury deliberated for three and a half hours before returning with a verdict.

Darren Black was found guilty of second degree murder and possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Sentencing is set for June 10.

Rod Hall - who was accused of being an accessory for driving Black away from the scene - was found not guilty.


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By Julie Montanaro
April 11, 2014

Jurors started deliberating at about 5 o'clock today. We'll keep you posted on a verdict.

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By Julie Montanaro
April 9, 2014

A Miccosukkee man is accused of bringing a gun to a fist fight.

Darren Black is on trial for murder. He's accused of shooting and killing a friend he'd known all his life in an argument over who had the fastest car.

Louis Bunch was there the night 35 year old Michael Carr was shot and killed in the front yard of a Miccosukkee home.

"He (Black) said 'Bro, that N... shot me and he fell ... and I caught him," Bunch testified.

Bunch testified that he saw Darren Black pull up with a gun in his hand and ultimately pull the trigger after challenging Carr to a fist fight at the end of the driveway.

"Pee-Wee, come right here on the street I'll give you a straight up fade. Buddy Ro snatched from me and he broke the run towards the road and I yelled 'Bro he got a pistol out there' and by the time he made it out there - I hear 'bop!' Bunch said.

Darren Black is accused of shooting and killing Michael Carr on July 29, 2012.

Black's attorney contends the deadly shot was fired in self defense after the man who lived there told them to leave and fired a shotgun blast into the air.

"It was - the evidence will show - a reaction shot. not directed at anyone intentionally and certainly not in any premeditated design," defense attorney Clyde Taylor.

Witnesses testified that the deadly chain of events started at a wedding reception earlier that night as the men went face to face outside a gathering spot called the dirty spoon

Black's friend, Roderick Hall, is also on trial. He's accused of driving Black away from the scene of the shooting. It's not clear yet if either man will testify in his own defense.

This is the second time the case has gone to trial this year. The first trial ended in a mistrial in a dispute over evidence.


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By Julie Montanaro
January 24, 2014

A judge declared a mistrial this afternoon in the murder trial of Darren Black.

Defense attorney Clyde Taylor argued an interview with the state's key witness had no audio and defense attorneys weren't aware of a recorded interview with another witness until today.

No new trial date has been set.


By Julie Montanaro
January 22, 2014 6pm

A Miccosukkee man is now on trial - accused of shooting and killing his cousin in an argument over which man had the fastest car.

Prosecutors call it murder. Darren Black's attorney calls it self defense.

"When the car stopped, Darren exited the vehicle with a gun in his hand," Telisha Woody testified.

Telisha Woody was outside a home in Miccosukee that night in July 2012 when she says Darren Black got out of a car with a gun in his hand. She ran to the house to call 9-1-1.

"While you were inside the house, do you hear anything outside the house?" prosecutor John Hutchins asked.

"Yes," Woody said.

"What do you hear?"

"Three gunshots."

When Woody went back outside, 35 year old Michael Carr was lying shot in the yard. Carr's family broke down in tears as the chaotic 9-1-1 tape was played in court .

"I don't want to go over there," Woody said on the tape.

"Okay, where is the gun that shot him?" the operator asked.

"I don't know I...(screaming)...

"Calm down."

Prosecutors contend Black had come to the home to finish an argument that started earlier in the evening at a wedding reception.

They contend Carr's friend fired a warning shot into the air and Black shot Carr in the stomach at close range, but defense attorneys painted a much different picture for the jury.

"This is a classic case of self defense," Clyde Taylor told the jury in his opening argument.

Black's attorney says Carr's friend didn't fire a warning shot, but fired directly into their car ... spraying Black with shattered glass and prompting his friend, Rodrick Hall to hit the gas and get out of there. They contend Black fired a blind shot as they pulled away.

The man behind the wheel that night - Rodrick Hall - is also on trial accused of being an accessory after the fact. His lawyer contends he was simply giving Black a ride home and did not have anything to do with the argument or shooting.

The trial is expected to last the rest of the week.


By: Julie Montanaro
January 22, 2014, 11am

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Prosecutors say Darren Black and Michael Carr are cousins who were arguing over who had the fastest car.

In opening statements, prosecutors say Black hurled expletives at Carr during a wedding reception and Carr punched him in the mouth. Prosecutor John Hutchins says Carr and his friend Patrick Murray left the reception and went to Murrays house. Prosecutors contend Black left the reception too, got a gun and got a ride to Murray's house.

Prosecutors contend Black got out of the car with a gun in his hand and challenged Carr to a fight. They claim Murray told them to leave, got a shotgun and fired it into the air.

Prosecutors say Black shot Carr at close range and then Murray fired a shot at the car.

Defense attorneys however claim Murray fired first, right into the car in which Black was riding. Black was hit by flying glass. Defense attorney Clyde Taylor says Black fired a blind shot from the car and never intended to kill anyone. "It was a classic case of self defense," Taylor told he jury.

Rodrick Hall is also on trial for being an accessory after the fact. He is accused of driving Black away from the scene after the shooting. Hall's attorney claims Hall was giving Black a ride home from the reception and once shots were fired he was only trying to "get out of there." He contends Hall should never have been charged and claims Hall was given a choice : testify against his friend or face charges.


By: Julie Montanaro
January 22, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. -- Testimony will begin this morning in the murder trial of 38 year old Darren Black.

Black is accused of shooting and killing 35 year old Michael Carr in the front yard of a home in Miccosukkee in July 2012.

The two men had gotten into an argument at a wedding reception earlier in the day and deputies say Black showed up at the house with a gun to continue the confrontation.


Tallahassee, Florida- August 22, 2012

At 1:00 am, on July 29, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a shooting at 13533 Miccosukee Road. Deputies arrived on scene and discovered that Michael Carr, 35, was suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics with Leon County EMS responded to the scene and transported Carr to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted witness interviews, while Crime Scene Detectives collected forensic evidence from the scene.

According to witness statements, Carr was involved in an altercation with Darren L. Black, 36, during a wedding reception earlier in the evening. Carr left the reception and traveled to the home of Patrick Murray with several other friends. A short time later, Black and Rodrick Hall showed up at Murray’s residence. Black got out of Hall’s vehicle, displayed a handgun and challenged Carr to a fight. Murray ordered Black and Hall to leave the property. When Hall and Black did not, Murray entered his residence and returned with a shotgun. Murray fired a shot into the air in an attempt to get Hall and Black to leave his property. Black got into Hall’s vehicle and Hall backed out onto Miccosukee Road to leave. Black then got out of the vehicle a second time and challenged Carr to a fight. This time, Black shot Carr, returned to Hall’s vehicle and fled the scene. Murray fired a second shot from the shotgun, striking Hall’s vehicle as it fled the area.

Deputies located Hall and his vehicle at the intersection of Moccasin Gap Road and Veteran’s Memorial Highway. Minutes later, Black was located at 9007 Kipper Trail while reporting he had been shot in the ear. Both Hall and Black were interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Both acknowledged their involvement in this incident. Black was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.

On August 22, 2012, the Leon County Grand Jury indicted Black on the charges of First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.


Tallahassee, Florida- July 30, 2012

An early morning shooting ends with one person dead and the suspect behind bars. It all happened shortly after a weekend wedding reception.

Family and friends today are mourning the loss of their loved one.
Deputies say 36-year-old Darren Black is the person who shot 35-year-old Michael Carr. Witnesses told police the men fought at the wedding reception Saturday night.

Carr left the reception and went to this home belonging to a man named Patrick Murray. The house is on the 13,000 block of Miccosukee Road on the outskirts of Leon County. Black showed up to the house in a car driven by a friend. Deputies say Black pulled out his gun and threatened Carr. Deputies say Murray grabbed his shotgun and fired a round in the air yelling at the men to leave. They began to drive off but stopped in the road. Witnesses say Black called out to Carr once more - this time shooting him.

Deputies found Black not long after the shooting. He was taken to the Leon County Jail. He had his first appearance in court this morning. Black is to stay away from Carr and Murray's families. The judge decided not to grant him bond.


Tallahassee, Florida- July 30, 2012

An early morning shooting ends with one person dead and the suspect behind bars. It all happened shortly after a weekend wedding reception.

A weekend of celebration turns into a tragic story. Leon County Sheriff's Officials have arrested a man they say shot and killed a man over a fight that started at a wedding reception and ended in someone's front yard. Deputies say 36-year-old Darren Black is the person who shot 35-year-old Michael Carr.

Witnesses told police the men fought at the wedding reception Saturday night. Carr left the reception and went to this home belonging to a man named Patrick Murray. The house is on the 13,000 block of Miccosukee Road on the outskirts of Leon County. Black showed up to the house in a car driven by a friend. Deputies say Black brandished his gun and threatened Carr. Deputies say Murray grabbed his shotgun and fired a round in the air yelling at the men to leave. They began to drive off, but stopped in the road. Witnesses say Black called out to Carr once more - this time shooting him. They then fled the scene, but not before Murray shot a round hitting their car.

Deputies found Black not long after the shooting. Black was taken to the Leon County Jail. He had his first appearance in court this morning. He is to stay away from Carr and Murray's family. The judge decided not to grant him bond.


Tallahassee, Florida - July 29, 2012

Press Release from Leon County Sheriff's Office:

At 1:00 am, on July 29, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a shooting at 13533 Miccosukee Road.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered that Michael Carr, 35, was
suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics with Leon County EMS responded to the scene and transported Carr to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit responded and conducted witness interviews, while Crime Scene Detectives collected forensic evidence from the scene.

According to witness statements, Carr was involved in an altercation with Darren L. Black, 36, during a wedding reception earlier in the evening. Carr left the reception and traveled to the home of Patrick
Murray with several other friends. A short time later, Black and Rodrick Hall showed up at Murray’s residence.

Black got out of Hall’s vehicle, displayed a handgun and challenged Carr to a fight. Murray ordered Black and Hall to leave the property. When Hall and Black did not, Murray entered his residence and returned with a shotgun.

Murray fired a shot into the air in an attempt to get Hall and Black to leave his property. Black got into Hall’s vehicle and Hall backed out onto Miccosukee Road to leave.

Black then got out of the vehicle a second time and challenged Carr to a fight. This time, Black shot Carr, returned to Hall’s vehicle and fled the scene. Murray fired a second shot from the shotgun, striking Hall’s vehicle as it fled the area.

Deputies located Hall and his vehicle at the intersection of Moccasin Gap Road and Veteran’s Memorial Highway. Minutes later, Black was located at 9007 Kipper Trail while reporting he had been shot in the ear.

Both Hall and Black were interviewed at the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. Both acknowledged their involvement in this incident. Black was arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.


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