Albert J. Shell Jr.

Death Penalty Sought For Florida Mall Shooter Albert J. Shell Jr.

Albert J. Shell Jr.
Albert J. Shell Jr. (MCSO)

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – State Attorney Bill Gladson announced Friday the filing of a death penalty notice in the case against 39-year-old Albert J. Shell Jr.

Last week, Shell was indicted by a grand jury in a significant development related to the Paddock Mall Homicide case.

The charges include premeditated First-Degree Murder with a Firearm, two counts of Attempted Second-Degree Murder with a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

According to the Ocala Police Department, Shell, 39, shot two people on December 23 at the mall. One of the victims, David Nathaniel Barron, 40, was killed, while a woman was injured in the leg.

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Given the severity of the crime and its impact on the community, the Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office has filed a notice that it intends to seek the death penalty under Florida Statutes 921.141 (6)(b), 921.141 (6)(c), 921.141 (6)(h), and 921.141 (6)(i).

The decision reflects the gravity of the alleged offenses and the impact on the victims and their families.

“The State Attorney’s Office acknowledges the sensitivity of this matter and the impact it has on the community,” said the SAO’s Office.

“Our commitment to ensuring justice and holding criminals accountable for their actions remains unwavering. As legal proceedings unfold, our office asks for respect for the legal process and the privacy of those involved. We will continue to work diligently to bring this case to a just resolution,” said the SAO’s Office.

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