Suspect in deadly Marion County shooting turns himself in hours away in Georgia, deputies say

A man accused in a shooting that left a woman dead in Marion County on Tuesday afternoon turned himself in to a sheriff's office hours away in Georgia, authorities said

At around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to a report of a shooting at a residence off of NE 41st Court in Citra and discovered a woman who was pronounced dead from apparent gunshot wounds, deputies said in an update on Wednesday. 

The woman was identified as 33-year-old Sherese Stafford. 

"They believe this was an isolated incident – that the victim and the suspect knew each other, and there's no current threat to the community," Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Zach Moore said.


Photo: Wayne County Sheriff's Office

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Kenron Vereen, fled from the scene in a white pickup truck, but turned himself in at the Wayne County Sheriff's Office station in Jesup at around 9:45 p.m. Jesup is located about 100 miles north of Jacksonville. 

It's about a 3-hour drive from the incident location to the sheriff's office. It remains unclear at this time how he got there, since his white pickup truck was found abandoned in the surrounding area of NE 41st Court in Citra. 

Vereen was arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office on warrants for charges unrelated to Tuesday's incident in Citra, including aggravated battery, fleeing police, battery and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence. 

He remains in custody in Wayne County as the Marion County Sheriff's Office continues its homicide investigation. 


Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office or Crime Stoppers of Marion County.