State expected to rest its case against Bradenton man charged with fatal shooting

Jared Lakes
Jared Lakes

The state will finish presenting its case Wednesday morning against a Bradenton man charged with the July 2014 fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Jared Lakes, 29, is charged with manslaughter with a firearm for the fatal shooting of Shawn McCoy, 28, in front of Lakes’ residence in the 600 block of 25th Avenue West. Lakes tried to get the case dismissed based on a Stand Your Ground defense, but Circuit Judge Deno Economou denied the request earlier this year.

Lakes has been out on $200,000 bond. If convicted, Lakes could face up to 30 years in prison.

The State Attorney’s Office final witness will be Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Russell Vega.

The jury heard testimony from several witnesses Tuesday, including crime scene technicians, officers and witnesses.

Former Bradenton police K9 officer Jeanine Gagliano-Pease was the first on the scene, she testified. She detailed how witnesses were trying to revive McCoy with CPR while Lakes was getting in and out of his car.

Although initially she did not know Lakes was the alleged shooter, Gagliano-Pease said she handcuffed Lakes for safety reasons. She also found a gun, magazine and ammunition, which she secured.

Crime scene technician Linda Hatfield with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office answered questions for the prosecutor as the jury watched video she shot of the bloody crime scene.

Harfield also detailed what she saw while photographing McCoy’s body at the hospital after he died.

McCoy had an incision from what appeared to be a gunshot wound, she testified. She saw stippling, burns on the surface of the skin caused by gunpowder, that typically occurs when someone is shot at close range, she said.

The trial is expected to be handed to the jury Thursday. Testimony will resume at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Jessica De Leon: 941-745-7049, @JDeLeon1012