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Cape Coral man indicted for murder of former MCSO corrections officer

A 23-year-old Cape Coral man has been indicted for the 2016 murder of a former Marion County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer.

On Thursday, October 21, Marquee Dashawn Williams was indicted for murder in the first degree with a firearm in the killing of former MCSO corrections officer Ronnie Charles Damon.

Cape Coral man indicted for 2016 murder of Ronnie Charles Damon
Marquee Dashawn Williams (February 22, 2021)

On the evening of January 6, 2016, Marion County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Larch Road in Ocala and found Damon deceased in the driveway of his home.

Damon had suffered a single gunshot wound. MCSO investigated the shooting and determined that Damon had been working on his vehicle at or near the time of his death.

According to an MCSO press release, a lengthy investigation uncovered that Williams attempted to rob Damon. During this attempted robbery, Williams allegedly shot Damon.

MCSO stated that the Major Crimes Detective John Lightle discovered new leads and the case was presented to the grand jury last week, which culminated in the indictment.

Williams is currently being held in Collier County for unrelated charges and will be returned to Marion County to face the charge of murder in the first degree.

Sheriff Billy Woods said, “As your Sheriff, nothing is more important to me than ensuring that violent criminals are apprehended and brought to justice. There is no statute of limitations for murder and if you take a human life, my detectives and I will work for as long as it takes to see you held accountable.”

According to MCSO, Damon was a corrections officer from December 2007 until October 2014, and he achieved the rank of corporal. He resigned from the MCSO to pursue other career ambitions.