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Man accused of killing daughter's boyfriend turns himself in, confesses

Authorities say Charles Heaven shot and killed his daughter's boyfriend in Bradenton.

BRADENTON, Fla — A 48-year-old man accused of shooting and killing his daughter's boyfriend turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

At around 7 p.m. on Tuesday,  Charles Heaven showed up at his 24-year-old daughter's apartment while her boyfriend, 30-year-old Keith Smith, was there, deputies say.

According to the agency, it was only a short time after Heaven's arrival that an argument broke out between the two.

While still arguing, both Heaven and Keith ended up outside of the apartment. Deputies explain this is when Heaven pulled out a gun and shot his daughter's boyfriend in the upper torso.

Deputies were called to the scene, and Keith was taken to Blake Medical Center where he reportedly later died from his injuries.

Heaven allegedly left the scene before authorities arrived, and his location was unknown for some time. There was a murder warrant out for his arrest and a cash reward of $5,000 was offered for any information leading to his arrest.

Deputies say that Heaven confessed to the murder. 

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