Poarch man, 65, arrested in neighbor’s shooting death
By DON FLETCHER
News Staff Writer
UPDATED TO CORRECT SITE OF MURDER
A 65-year-old Poarch man remained in the Escambia County Detention Center without bond at midweek, charged with murder in the Saturday, August 26, shooting death of a neighbor.
Reports show Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Poarch Tribal Police officers and Atmore Police Department officers responded to Quarry Village Mobile Home Park, just north of Judson Creek Indian Cemetery on Jack Springs Road, in reference to a shots-fired disturbance.
The body of a male, later identified as 33-year-old Deangelo Bailey, was discovered inside a mobile home. He was the apparent victim of gunshot wounds.
ECSO investigators identified Wendell Farrell White, who lives in the same mobile home park, as the primary suspect. White was later taken into custody and formally charged with homicide.
According to Sgt. Darrell McMann, APD officers remained on the scene only a short while.
“The officers responded to assist if needed. They weren’t there very long,” he said.
District Court Judge Eric Coale denied bond for White during a hearing held Monday, August 28.
He remains in the Escambia County Detention Center, a facility to which he is no stranger. The murder arrest marks the 10th time he has been incarcerated there since 2011, for a range of crimes from domestic violence to assault, DUI and felony drug possession.
Sheriff Heath Jackson said the motive behind the shooting is still unclear. Further details will be released as the investigation progresses, he said.