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Okeechobee man charged with second-degree murder in Jupiter man's death

James Wade Hodges
Posted at 4:38 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 07:27:20-04

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. — UPDATE: The victim was identified as 43-year-old Paul Murphy of Jupiter.

The suspect, 36-year-old James Wade Hodges of Okeechobee, Florida, is in custody and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held without bond.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Ted Van Deman at 863-763-3117, ext. 5104 regarding Case #19S12496. Or you may remain anonymous and contact Treasure Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.


Okeechobee County deputies are investigating a homicide after a dead body was found in a submerged car Friday afternoon.

According to the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle was found underwater in Taylor Creek off NE 39th Blvd., known locally as Cemetery Road.

Deputies say a man's body was found in the car. It was later determined that the victim suffered from multiple gunshot wounds.