UPDATE: Suspects in 8th Avenue shooting indicted by grand jury

Published: Mar. 9, 2019 at 9:40 AM EST
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UPDATE 04/08/19:

State Attorney Bill Cervone has announced that the Alachua County Spring Term Grand Jury indicted James Eugene Boykin Jr., 20, and Marika Mamielle Allen, 21.

Boykin and Allen were indicted for First Degree Premeditated Murder for the shooting of Montez Dewayne Davis and attempted murder for the shooting of another Victim from March, 9th, 2019.

The Spring Term Grand Jury also found that Boykin possessed a firearm by convicted felon. Boykin and Allen were indicted on additional counts for false reports to law enforcement regarding a capital felony and conspiracy to commit murder.

Boykin and Allen are currently in custody with no bond at the Alachua County Jail.



Gainesville Police arrested Marika Allen, 28, the second suspect for the murder of Montez Davis and attempted murder of a female victim.

GPD is asking the public who can help with this case to contact Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP,, or Detective J. Castor at 352-393-7681 or 352-872-2101.


UPDATE (03/16/2019 10:41PM):

A GoFundMe has been set up for the funeral expenses of Montez Davis. That fundraiser can be found

UPDATE (03/14/2019 5:58PM):

The Gainesville Police say that an arrest has been made in connection to the murder of Montez Davis.

The US Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested 20-year-old James Eugene Boykins, Jr. on March 19, on a warrant GPD applied for and obtained on the same day.

Boykins is charged with the murder of Montez Davis and the attempted murder of a female victim after a shooting outside of 8th Avenue Food Store, also known as "The Slab" that happened on the morning of March 9.

The case, however, is not closed Police say, and request that any member of the public who may know something about the shooting should call the Alachua County Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-STOP or Detective J. Castor at (352) 393-7681 or (352) 872-2101, or go to


A man has died and a woman hospitalized following a shooting at the Eighth Avenue Food Store on Northeast 8th Avenue, early Saturday morning.

Gainesville police were called to the store just after midnight. When they arrived, they found a man, later identified as 31-year-old Montez Davis, dead. A woman was also found wounded, though her name has not been released.

The woman was taken to a hospital where she is said to be in stable condition.

Witnesses told investigators the shooting was a result of an argument, though it’s unclear which parties were involved.

Detectives said they are searching for multiple persons of interest. Anyone with information is urged to call Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-373-STOP.

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