Clermont police charge 23-year-old man in fatal shooting

UPDATE: Clermont police Friday charged Shaftney Dubois McMullen, 23, with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Ronald John Stedelin, 30, during the early-morning hours of June 11, according to a news release. McMullen, pictured below, was already in jail on unrelated drug charges.

Investigators are still actively following leads in this case and expect more arrests to follow. In the release, the Clermont Police Department thanked the numerous law enforcement agencies, Crimeline, and members of the community for their assistance in bringing about an arrest in the crime.

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JUNE 27 UPDATE: Late Monday, Clermont police contacted Shaftney Dubois McMullen Jr., a person of interest in the investigation of the homicide of Ronald John Stedelin, who was killed during the early-morning hours of June 11. McMullen, 23, was booked into the Lake County Jail on four drug warrants unrelated to the homicide investigation, which is ongoing, a police news release states.

Police believe there are people in the Clermont community who have information and have not come forward, the release states. The police department urges anyone with information to come forward to help detectives arrest those individuals responsible for the crime.

JUNE 22 UPDATE: Clermont police are looking for a man and a woman as persons of interest in the June 11 homicide of Ronald John Stedelin, 30.

Shaftney Dubois McMullen Jr., 23, and Amber Crystal Weaver, 20, are believed to have information that could lead detectives to the arrest of those responsible for this crime, a news release states. Both of them have ties to South Lake County and are known to frequent the areas of Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, and Stuckey.

McMullen, also known as Devonte Wright, is African-American, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Weaver is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, and multiple visible tattoos, according to the police descriptions.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Scott Tufts at 352.536.8415 or Crimeline at 1.800.423.TIPS. In addition, Crimeline announced Thursday that the reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the crime has been increased to $10,000.

The reward poster and a photo of Ronald Stedelin can be seen here: Ronald Stedelin reward

The persons of interest flier can be seen here: Persons of Interest

JUNE 15 REPORT:

REWARD OFFERED FOR HELP IN SOLVING CLERMONT HOMICIDE

Clermont police are investigating the fatal shooting that occurred during the early-morning hours of Sunday, June 11, in the 1000 block of Disston Avenue. Ronald John Stedelin, a 30-year old white male, suffered a single gunshot wound to the head and died at the scene, a police news release states.

Around 2:30am, the victim was discovered by a nearby resident lying behind his vehicle in a Disston Avenue apartment complex parking lot.

Clermont police are looking into possible motives and asking for help in identifying suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Tufts at 352.536.8415 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

“The members of the Clermont Police Department are diligently working several leads and I’m confident that we will have an arrest soon,” Chief Charles Broadway says in the release. “I want to thank our community for the information and assistance that has been provided thus far.”

Police are asking that the community continue to provide information either directly to the police department, Crimeline, or crimeline.org. The chief emphasized for those people who may be less willing to come forward that calls to Crimeline are anonymous.

“No matter how minor an individual may think something is, it could be the piece of information that is needed to solve this murder investigation,” the chief says.

 

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