Zachary Taylor Wood, 23, and Dillon Scott Rafsky, 21, of Geneva were arrested in May on charges they shot to death retired wildlife officer Jamie Shores at his home near Bonifay.
Prosecutors say Wood and Rafsky were “mudding” in a stolen Jeep April 19 when they bogged down near near Shores home. They ransacked the house and were trying to free their Jeep when Shores told them to get off his property.
The two men allegedly followed Shores to the back of his home where he was beaten with a garden hoe. His hands and feet were bound before Shores was shot to death. Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said the men also tried to set the former officer on fire.
The shooting and beating of Shores occurred just hours before Alabama State Trooper Lee Marcel Phillips was shot while allegedly trying to stop the car Rafsky and Wood stole from Shores. The trooper suffered a gunshot to the arm during the incident that occurred near Hartford.
The grand jury that met in Washington County, Florida determined there is enough evidence against the duo to take them to trial. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty.
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