16-Year-Old in Suwannee Co. Homicide Case to be Tried as Adult

By: Eyewitness News; mike springer Email
By: Eyewitness News; mike springer Email

Suwannee, County, FL -- May 11, 2012 - 12:50pm -

The Suwannee County Grand Jury was empaneled this morning and they returned a three count indictment charging Anthony Michael Ortiz with (1) First Degree Murder while armed (firearm), (2) Home Invasion Robbery While Armed, and (3) Tampering with Evidence for the April 28th murder of Charles David Napier in Suwannee County, according to State Attorney Skip Jarvis.

Judge Williams accepted the indictment, ordered a capias issued, and ordered that Ortiz be held without bond.

Ortiz is currently being held in secure detention in Gainesville by the Dept. of Juvenile Justice.

Jarvis anticipates that Sheriff Cameron will be sending someone down to Gainesville this afternoon to take custody of him and return him to the Suwannee County Jail. He will now be tried as a adult.


Suwannee, County, FL -- May 3, 2012

A Suwanee County teen is charged with murder in the shooting of a hairdresser. Anthony Ortiz turns 17 in just a few weeks. But he's already been connected to two deadly shootings within the last year.

Under the law, 16-year-old Anthony Ortiz is child, but he's facing some very adult charges: First degree murder and attempted robbery. All stemming from the deadly shooting of 49-year-old David Napier. The man the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office says Ortiz killed.

"I'm just glad they found out who did it,' says Penny Boyd.

But for the man deputies say did it, this isn't his first run-in with the law. Last year 1-3-11, Live Oak Police pegged Ortiz as the trigger-man in another fatal shooting. Police say Ortiz shot and killed 47-year-old Robert Koester during a drug deal gone bad inside the home of Ortiz's father.

Police say Koester attacked Ortiz's father and that's when Ortiz shot and killed Koester.

But a Grand Jury found Ortiz acted in self-defense and he was never indicted. It's news that has hit some of Napier's colleagues at the Atlantis Salon hard.

"It's been a terrible week, just of all of it, with just it happening, finding out it was a 16-year-old boy and how useless this was," says Boyd.

Penny Boyd knew Napier for more than 20 years. He was not only a colleague, but a close friend. She says the arrest has brought a sense of closure to the salon.

"We are kind of be glad to get everything behind us," says Boyd.

The funeral for Napier is Friday 4-4-12 morning. Ortiz remains behind bars at a juvenile detention center in Gainesville.


Suwannee, County, FL -- May 3, 2012

A Live Oak teen arrested for murder last weekend was a suspect in another homicide investigation one year ago.

The Suwanee County Sheriff's Office charged 16-year-old Anthony Michael Ortiz with the murder of Charles Napier. Ortiz was the suspected shooter in a 2011 Live Oak homicide, according to police. Ortiz was never indicted in that homicide. A grand jury found he acted in self-defense.


Suwannee, County, FL -- May 2, 2012 -- 1:30pm

The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office arrested 16-year-old Anthony Michael Ortiz last night in connection with the murder of 49-year-old Charles "David" Napier.

They caught Ortiz shortly before midnight, according to Sheriff Tony Cameron.

Cameron says the case is still under investigation, but they are sure Ortiz was the shooter.

Ortiz is being charged with 1st degree murder and attempted robbery. Right now, he is in a juvenile facility in Gainesville, FL.

On May 26, Ortiz will turn 17.

Napier was found dead in his Live Oak home Sunday around 7 p.m. Deputies say his family found him there with multiple gun shot wounds.


Suwannee, County, FL -- May 1, 2012 --

We have more information about the man found dead in his Suwannee County home.

Eyewitness News reporter Garin Flowers tells us more about Charles Napier.

Charles Napier, better known as David, worked in Live Oak, Florida as a hairdresser. Now, family members, friends and co-workers are remembering him as a fun person who had a big heart.

"We're in total shock."

Tami Daughtry worked with David Napier at Atlantis Salon for years. Now she's left with his empty chair next to hers.

49-year-old Napier was found dead by his family in his home Sunday.
Friends say he had two adult children and was the caretaker for his mother.

Daughtry says, "Always had positive things to say, willing to help any and everybody out."

Suwannee County Sheriff Deputies say Napier lived with his mother who was out of town with family over the weekend. When they came home they found Napier dead with multiple gun shot wounds.
Deputies responded to the scene around 7 p.m. Sunday.
They're calling it a homicide. No one has been arrested and investigators are still following all leads.

Napier's body was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office and autopsy results are pending.

As for his co-workers, they are staying strong as they look for answers in the death of their friend.

"It's a very sad day and were hoping they can get to the bottom of this..."

Daughtry also mentioned David never left the shop without leaving her with a kiss. Moments she'll cherish even more now that he's gone.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Chris Fry with SCSO at 386-362-2222.


Suwannee, County, FL -- April 30, 2012 --

The family of a Suwannee County man found him dead in his home this weekend.

Deputies responded to the scene around 7:12 p.m. Sunday after they got the call.

They arrived to find 49-year-old Charles Napier with multiple gun shot wounds.

Officials are ruling it a homicide. The crime lab has already processed the crime scene.

They sent his body to the Medical Examiner's Office and are awaiting the autopsy results.

Napier is a white male who was working as a hairdresser at the Atlantis Hair Salon in Live Oak, Fl.

Sheriff Tony Cameron says Napier was home alone all weekend. His mother found him lifeless in his house.

Cameron says there were no signs of forced entry, but they are still ruling his death suspicious.

The Sheriff's Office is working this case with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Chris Fry with SCSO at 386-362-2222.

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