Four charged in death of motorcyclist who was shot in April during Bikefest in Leesburg

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Four people have been charged in connection with the death of a motorcyclist who was shot in April during Bikefest in Leesburg.

David Donovan
David Donovan

David Donovan, 41, of Homosassa, died over the weekend at an area hospital after he was shot April 29 at a Circle K service station at 3300 W. Main St., about two miles from the location of the venue. 

“This morning a coordinated, statewide, multi-agency operation was conducted to apprehend four individuals wanted in connection with the April 29th shooting-homicide,” said Lt. Joe Iozzi of the Leesburg Police Department.

Four arrest warrants for conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping were acquired by Leesburg detectives for the arrest of:

Marc Edward Knotts
Marc Edward Knotts

• 32-year-old Gregory Alan Umphress;

• Marc Edward Knotts, 48, who was also wounded that night, but had been wearing a ballistic vest.

• 35-year-old Jesus Alberto Marrero;

• 37-year-old Miquel Angel Torres, who is also facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Knotts and Marrero have been taken into custody. The search continues for Umphress and Torres.

The operation involved the Leesburg Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Ocala Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

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    • Naaa – not this time. There were enough different jurisdictions. But, three will turn on one and they will get probation. The dude who happened to be wearing kevlar…yeah, I put my money on jail time for him.

      What is totally STUPID. Cops can wear bullet proof vests but WE CANT. Then again, cops can lie to you all day…legal, lie to them once, illegal. Cops also do not usually have to take drug tests after an on the job injury….talk about arrogant double standards by “the Man”

      Under federal law, a bulletproof vest is considered “body armor,” which is regulated by statute, 18 U.S.C.A. Section 931. That law forbids anyone convicted of a violent felony to own or possess a vest, unless the person wearing the vest is an employee who is doing so in order to perform a lawful business activity and who has obtained prior written certification from the employer. A violation incurs a maximum of three years in prison. And using a vest during the commission of a federal crime of violence or a federal drug-trafficking crime will result in an enhanced sentence. (42 U.S.C. Section 3796ll-3(d)(1).)

        • No Ann, that is not the point. Why would it be that the Govt. can violate the Constitutional Rights of people first off – to bear arms, even if convicted of anything. Cities such as Chicago that are blatantly urinating on the Constitution, oddly have crazy high murder rates.

          From there, and again – our right to arms is NOT to go hunt/gather for food. It is to protect ourselves from the Government. If we take that argument to the military, it is my intention that OUR military has overwhelming force and capabilities over ANY foe. However, the police are NOT a Military Force (as is again in the Constitution/Bill of Rights). So, why is it that the police need to out arm the population to such a level? Why is it the police need to drive Armored Vehicles purchased at Military Surplus auctions?

          Granted, Florida is VERY liberal when it comes to gun laws…and that is a good thing. But, other states where the police are the only ones with guns (Chicago) – the crime is outlandish and the people are simply victims.

          But, when we see the many police shootings of unarmed people (typically black men), if I was a black man, I would want a GoPro, a Kevlar vest and the ability to fight back. Also, those who have been convicted of a violent felony…do you really think they give a shit that they are not “supposed” to have a gun? Um, no.

          • Law enforcement can and should wear vests as they are the ones putting their lives on the line every day to protect people in harm’s way.
            Your analogy that they should not have this option is very weak.

          • Anthony, sure they should – but, we as a people need to have the right to equal protection, self-defense and defense from a tyrannical government.