Warrant Issued for Third Suspect in Lakeland Triple Murder

Authorities in Polk County are searching for a third suspect in connection with a Lakeland triple homicide.

The Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 25-year-old Jamaal John Smith, whose last known residence was in Miami, is being sought in the Jan. 6 deaths of 24-year-old David Washington, 31-year-old Eneida Branch and 23-year-old Angelica Guadalupe Castro.

Smith is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of armed burglary,

Deputies arrested 35-year-old Andrew Joseph and 26-year-old Jonathan Alcegaire in connection with the shootings earlier in the month.

Authorities found the victims shot to death at a Lakeland home. Eighteen-year-old Felix Campos was shot in the face, but survived. Sheriff Grady Judd says the victims were in the drug trade.

Smith is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS, or the Polk County Sheriff's Office at (863) 287-5706.

Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $15,000.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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