Suspect arrested in death of Bradenton woman

A 29-year-old man is under arrest in the fatal shooting of a woman on Sunday in Manatee County.

Alonzo Lee Churchwell of Bradenton was arrested Thursday in connection with the death of Earnestine Gardner, 44. 

He is charged with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Churchwell was released from the Florida Department of Corrections in April 2016 after serving time for a conviction on a charge of attempted second-degree murder.

A witness told detectives that Churchwell and Gardner were arguing over a drug transaction prior to the shooting in the 5800th block of 11th Street East.

Within minutes, deputies arrived on scene and located 44-year-old Earnestine M. Gardner laying on the ground, in front of the residence. 

(© 2016 WTSP)


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