‘these kids were all friends. It is tragic for everyone involved.’
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Twenty-three-year-old Xavier Turner of Cocoa, will spend the rest of his life in prison after a judge sentenced him on Wednesday for his role in the 2018 murder of 22-year-old Dimitric Bailey.
Xavier Deon Turner was given two life sentences without the possibility of parole.
In August, a Brevard County jury convicted Turner of first-degree felony murder and robbery with a firearm.
The crimes carry a mandatory life sentence for each count.
On July 29, 2018, patrol officers responded to a report of a man inside a vehicle with what appeared to be a bullet wound to his neck. The vehicle was in front of 1707 Vagabond Street.
The investigation revealed a video depicting Bailey inside the vehicle when three individuals, later identified as Turner, Markice Harvey, 27, and Kenneth Levatt Jr., 26, entered, shot Bailey and took drugs and money from him.
Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and determined Turner and the two other suspects, who were all friends, went to find Bailey with intentions of robbing and killing him.
During the sentencing hearing, Bailey’s surviving family members asked the judge to impose the maximum penalty for the murder.
“This is a tragic story that has not only robbed Mr. Bailey of his life at a young age, it also destroyed the lives of those who loved him,” said Cocoa Police Detective Debra Titkanich, who investigated the homicide.
“What’s worse is these kids were all friends. It is tragic for everyone involved.”
The two co-defendants in this case are still awaiting trial. Harvey, the suspected shooter, is scheduled to go to trial in December.
The victim’s family did not wish to have prosecutors pursue the death penalty in the case.
“They didn’t want to see another family member lose someone they love to this horrible crime,” said Titkanich.
No trial date has been set for the third co-defendant, Kenneth Levatt Jr.
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