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State to seek death penalty against man accused of fatally shooting Highlands County deputy

Posted: 3:51 PM, May 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-29 19:51:37Z

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — On Tuesday, the state attorney's office announced that it intends to seek the death penalty against accused cop killer Joseph Ables.

A Highlands County Grand Jury indicted Ables, 69, for the first-degree murder of Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Deputy William Gentry Jr., 40. He was also indicted on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Following the indictment, State Attorney Brian Haas announced he will be seeking the death penalty against Ables.

According to investigators, on May 6, deputy Gentry responded to a call about a cat, when he got to the front door, Ables allegedly shot him in the head. Gentry passed away at the hospital a short time later.