Deputies charge Jacksonville man with murder after shooting at Gainesville apartment

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Alachua County Sheriff's deputies have filed charges against a man accused of shooting another man inside a Gainesville-area apartment Saturday morning.

Deputies charged 21-year-old Montric Montreal Thomas with murder, tampering with evidence, tampering with a witness and possession of a firearm by a delinquent.

Deputies say they responded to Fox Hollow Apartments off West University Avenue near Tower Road just after 7:30 a.m. Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer said they found the body of 21-year-old Alexander Provin of Jacksonville. He had been shot once in the chest.

Investigators say Provin and Thomas knew each other and that Provin sometimes stayed at the apartment. They say Thomas was in the apartment when Provin died and that he drove away before deputies arrived. He was initially identified as a person of interest in the case and showed up at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office hours after the shooting.

Thomas was charged late Saturday. He's being held on $1.6 million bond and will eventually be taken to the Alachua County Jail to face charges.

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