On March 31, 2014 at 7:55 a.m., the Lakeland Police Department received a call in reference to an adult male found deceased in a ditch in the area of 1100 Hodges Road. The deceased male was identified as Demetri...ce Tavontate Stacy, B/M, DOB 9/14/91, 1437 North Webster Avenue, Lakeland, Fla. The autopsy revealed the victim died of multiple gunshots wounds.
Evidence at the scene revealed that Stacy had been transported to the address on Hodges Road from another location. The Violent Crimes Detectives determined that the homicide occurred at 526 W. Myrtle Street. On April 3rd, the residence at this location was destroyed by arson.
During the investigation, detectives were hindered by witnesses who refused to cooperate or provide any statements. Detectives developed a suspect and a Grand Jury convened on October 16 at which time an indictment was received. During the Grand Jury, two witnesses who testified were charged with perjury in an official proceeding related to a capital felony. Those witnesses have been identified as; Marcus Andrews, 10/20/89 and Ian Young, 2/19/87. Both remain in jail as of this date.
The suspect, Marquell Rashad “Shad” Howard, DOB 11/28/84, was indicted on the below listed charges:
1. First Degree Murder
2. Tampering with a witness (2cts)
3. Aggravated Assault with a firearm
4. Tampering with physical evidence
5. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
Howard is 5’6”, 160 lbs and his dreads may have been cut. He may possibly be driving a 2002 Ford explorer, 4 door, listed as gray but appears gold/champagne in color. The tag # is 239-1JE and he has been seen recently driving this vehicle. His last known address is 1550 11th Street NE, Winter Haven.
Howard is known to be in possession of firearms and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you have seen Howard or know where he is, please call Detective Brian Wallace with the Lakeland Police Department at 834-8968, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Anyone with information that helps locate Shad Howard can call Heartland Crime Stoppers, remain anonymous, and would be eligible for a CASH reward.