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Bradenton man charged with murder in stepbrother's shooting death

Detectives are still trying to piece together a motive as to why stepbrothers who lived three miles apart in Bradenton were involved in a dispute that left one dead.

Detectives say Roy Solomon Harrison, 24, shot George Garnett, 32, a technology specialist at IMG Academies, about 8:25 p.m. Thursday during a dispute at Garnett’s home in the 2900 block of 39th Street East, Bradenton, according to a news release.

Garnett’s sister was inside the residence and told investigators that the men were arguing outside, when she heard a gunshot.

The woman “opened the window blinds and saw the victim laying on the ground, and the defendant was standing over the victim,” an arrest report states.

“The defendant then shot the victim one more time in the head, and fled the area on his scooter,” the report states.

“For some reason, Roy was upset with George, and we’re not sure why,” said sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.

When responding deputies arrived, they found Garnett lying in the front yard. Garnett was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where he died shortly after midnight Friday.

A Jack Russell terrier laid calmly on well manicured grass at Garnett’s home late Friday morning where multiple cars filled the driveway. Two people emerged from Garnett’s house Friday did not identify themselves but said Garnett was “a good man” and they did not understand why Harrison would shoot him. They declined to comment further.

Garnett was employed by IMG Academies in Bradenton.

“We are filled with sadness at news of the passing of George Garnett, a technology instructor at IMG Academies for the past two years,” the institution said in statement Friday. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to George’s family during this very difficult time.”

No one answered the door at Harrison’s last known residence on the 5100 block on 17th Street Court East in Bradenton. A blue pickup truck was positioned on the lawn outside the front gate at the residence, the door handle was missing, and a mattress was flipped against the main window. Trash was stacked on the side of the house and the lawn appeared unattended for weeks.

According Manatee County Tax Collector records, Wells Fargo Bank on April 23 paid $4,734.28 in previously unpaid property taxes dating to 2009.

Investigators learned that Harrison was in the 4100 block of 44th Avenue East, where he left his scooter and got a ride to Tom Bennett Park in East Manatee. He was arrested a short time later as he waited at the park for a ride, according to the arrest report.

Harrison told detectives that he had hidden the gun under a pile of brush on 44th Avenue East near where he had left the scooter.

At the time of his arrest, Harrison was carrying a backpack that held a plastic bag containing ammunition similar to the one used in the shooting, according to the sheriff’s office.

Harrison was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail. Garnett’s death is the ninth homicide in Manatee County this year.