By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 22, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A Tallahassee man accused of shooting and killing a woman during a drug deal contends the woman may have been working as an informant for the Leon County Sheriff’s Office at the time.
Rickey Stevens is accused of killing Mary Lee Gray as she sat in her car at the Leon Arms Apartments on Holton Street in January.
Defense attorney Darren Shippy filed a motion with the court on May 23rd saying Gray “may have been working on behalf of the Leon County Sheriff’s office in possibly an undercover or informant capacity.”
Shippy goes on to say “The victim’s relationship with the LCSO may have relevance to the allegations in this case because of the allegations of a narcotics transaction.”
This week, a judge granted Shippy’s request to inspect any information on Gray’s relationship with LCSO, though court notes say that will be done in the judge’s chambers, not in open court.
When we spoke to LCSO Spokesman Grady Jordan, he said he could not confirm or deny whether Gray was an informant, but he says LCSO was not doing any drug operations that night.
Prosecutor Elizabeth Ellis confirms that "Gray was an informant for LCSO, but we have no information to indicate she was acting as an informant that night."
"We have no reason to believe her role as an informant played any role in her murder," Ellis said.
Defense attorney Darren Shippy said, "I have a responsibility to my client to do due diligence. I don't know if this is relevant or not. It is too early to tell," Shippy said.
Shippy said he is still waiting to review any documents.