Devontae Harris (DOB 10-16-93) of Fort Myers faces charges of Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon for the shooting death of Willie James Moore. Lee County sheriff‘s detectives say a case of bad blood between the two men led to murder.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, on the evening of August 26th, Fort Myers Police responded to an attempted carjacking near the RaceTrac located at 4551 South Cleveland Avenue. During their investigation, they located a deceased male behind the business. The victim, 25-year-old Willie James Moore, had been shot multiple times. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office took jurisdiction of the scene and the Homicide/Violent Crimes Unit immediately began an investigation.
The investigation revealed that Harris and the victim were both staying at the neighboring Travelodge, several doors down from one another. A witness, who was with Harris, stated that the two men had a long history of tension between them due to an altercation years ago. When the two were passing each other near the back entrance of the corridor a physical altercation took place.
The witness says Harris broke free, grabbed the backpack he was wearing, and retrieved and semi-automatic firearm.
Video surveillance shows the victim frantically trying to escape and attempting to take a vehicle from two women. The women were able to fight off the victim, who was not trying to harm them but rather attempting to flee the armed Harris. The victim then ran to the back of the establishment where he later was found deceased.
Subsequent ballistic testing confirmed the gun found in Harris’ vehicle was the gun used in the murder and that a cell phone left at the murder scene also belonged to Harris.
Sheriff Mike Scott praised the investigation. “A killer is off the streets and our community is a better place because of that. I could not be more proud of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office.”