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24-year old man now charged with murder of food truck owner in Niceville

The suspect in last Friday’s fatal stabbing behind the Niceville CVS was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder. As previously reported, police responded on the evening of Feb. 9 to multiple […]

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The suspect in last Friday’s fatal stabbing behind the Niceville CVS was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

  • Dylan Deschaine, 24, remains in custody at the Okaloosa County Jail in connection with the death of 42-year-old Michael Ledford.

As previously reported, police responded on the evening of Feb. 9 to multiple 911 calls reporting a stabbing victim in a truck parked behind the pharmacy on North Partin Drive. Officers discovered Ledford bleeding heavily from an apparent stab wound.

  • First aid was administered while awaiting EMS, who transported Ledford to Fort Walton-Destin Hospital, where he later died.

While investigating the crime scene, police were contacted by Deschaine’s mother, who stated her son had just told her he had “possibly hurt someone.” After several hours of negotiation, Deschaine surrendered to police in a Cumberland Farms gas station bathroom where he had been hiding.

Deschaine had reported injuries on his hands and was transported to the hospital, then to Okaloosa County Jail.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Horace Paine Jr. at (850) 420-4731 or hpaine@niceville.org. Police continue to request privacy for Ledford’s family at this difficult time.

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