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Manatee sheriff: Slaying may have been drug related

A 32-year-old man shot to death late Monday was carrying crack cocaine when he was killed, a Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

Charles Davis was standing in the driveway of a home in the 700 block of 60th Avenue Terrace West at about 9:40 p.m. Monday when he was shot, according to a sheriff's office news release.

It was not known how many times Davis was shot, but crime investigators marked the locations of at least six shell casings.

Sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow said investigators also found crack cocaine that Davis had been carrying. Because of that, detectives are trying to determine whether the slaying was related to drugs, according to the sheriff's office.

Davis was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he died at 10:45 p.m. from multiple gun shot wounds to the chest, a hospital official said.

The motive for the shooting was not known, investigators said. As of this morning, no arrests had been made.

Davis has a history of drug-related activity, according to court and Florida Department of Corrections records.

He was released from state prison on April 24, after serving less than 3 1/2 years of a 5-year sentence out of Manatee County for cocaine possession, aggravated assault, felon in possession of a gun and carrying a concealed weapon.

On July 25, Davis was arrested after a traffic stop, during which deputies found marijuana and cocaine in his pockets and in his vehicle. He was released after posting $3,750 in bonds on charges of possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), possession of marijuana with intent to sell and driving with a revoked license.

Davis' death is the 25th homicide investigated in Manatee County this year. Officials later determined that one of the slayings occurred in Sarasota.

Anyone with information about Davis' death can call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011, ext. 2159, or Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

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