CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – On Tuesday, 33-year-old Brodrick Larnell Houston of Inverness, Florida, was arrested by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on murder charges.
This arrest stems from an altercation that occurred in September between inmates at the Citrus County Detention Facility, where Houston was in custody on unrelated charges.
On September 9, 2022, the CCSO was contacted by jail staff in reference to an inmate, 40-year-old Gerald Raymond Dietrich, Jr., who had been transported to a hospital with an unknown medical condition.
Responding deputies determined that Dietrich and Houston had been involved in a physical altercation earlier in the day, which could have led to his hospitalization.
Detective Roscoe Watts, with the CCSO Major Crimes Unit (MCU), was contacted and immediately began an investigation. Dietrich passed away at the hospital later that night.
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As a result of his extensive investigation, Detective Watts arrested Houston for murder. During this investigation, Houston had remained in custody at the Citrus County Detention Facility for his previous charges.
“Houston has no regard for the laws of society and chose to take the life of another man,” said Sheriff Mike Prendergast. “Individuals like Houston are a danger to the citizens and to the safety of Citrus County. Hopefully, this arrest will bring peace to the victim’s family and be the first step in seeking justice for Houston’s actions.”
Houston was arrested for one count of 3rd-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery by a person who is being detained in a prison, jail, or other detention facility upon visitor or other detainee.
He is being held at the Citrus County Jail with a bond of $30,000.00.
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