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Marion County teacher among three arrested in Alachua County murder

Martesha Williams Johnson
Martesha Williams Johnson

A Marion County school teacher and two others have been arrested in connection with a homicide in Alachua County last week.

Martesha Williams Johnson, 30, a math teacher at Fort King Middle School in Ocala, was taken into custody in Alachua County on Thursday, along with 36-year-old Doug Heath. Jasmine Webb, 32, was arrested in Levy County the same day, a report states.

Alachua County deputies responded to a residence on N.W. 223rd Lane in Brooker this past Monday, where they discovered the body of 44-year-old Tyerune G. Blocker. A second male, who was identified as the intended target of the shooting, was located in close proximity to Blocker but wasn’t injured, the report says.

Jasmine Webb
Jasmine Webb
Doug Heath
Doug Heath

An investigation revealed that the trio went to the residence after an ongoing argument on social media and the phone between Heath, Webb and the uninjured male. Witness testimony, surveillance video and electronic evidence showed Heath, Webb and Johnson traveling to the residence and present at the scene of the shooting. The investigation also showed that gunshots were fired from the vehicle the trio was traveling in and they all fled the scene after the shooting, the report says.

Johnson, Heath and Webb were charged with varying degrees of homicide. Johnson, who was hired by the Marion County School District in 2012, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the law enforcement investigation and an internal investigation, a school district official said Sunday, adding that Johnson hadn’t been on the Fort King Middle School campus for the past five weeks for “personal reasons.”