Police Arrest Jacksonville Man for First-Degree Murder of Ex-Girlfriend at Business

Man arrested in Jacksonville for fatal shooting of business owner, identified as ex-boyfriend

Tevin Montrell Leach, 30, was arrested in Jacksonville on Monday afternoon for first-degree murder. Authorities had been searching for Leach in connection with the murder of Felicia Barbee-Battle, 30, outside her place of business, Molly Maid.

According to the Apex Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Beaver Creek Commons Dr on Monday, March 25, 2024, at 8:23 a.m. in reference to a shooting. When they arrived, they found Barbee-Battle on the ground outside Molly Maid, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite their efforts to save her, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators discovered that the suspect in the shooting was Tevin Montrell Leach, who had previously been to the business and was known to the workers as Barbee-Battle’s ex-boyfriend. On the day of the shooting, Leach entered the business and convinced Barbee-Battle to go outside with him. Moments later, gunshots rang out, leading to her untimely death.

An arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Tevin Montrell Leach. He was taken into custody by the Jacksonville police department without incident at around 2:30 p.m., and is currently being held for questioning.

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