Manhunt in Brunswick for Palatka murder suspect

by: Russell Colburn Updated:

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. —

The Palatka Police Department has identified the person they said is responsible for a Tuesday morning homicide.  

A nationwide warrant was issued for Kevin T. Daniels, 34, of Palatka, who is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated stalking, armed burglary and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

PPD responded to a call of shots fired around 1:30 a.m. on Husson Avenue. Officers found 34-year-old Raymond Lavon Perry, of Starke, dead from a gunshot wound. Investigators said Daniels also shot at his estranged wife, Alzetta Esau, but missed.

Authorities tracked Daniels to Brunswick, Georgia, but he was not located. 

Family members told Action News Daniels broke in through the back door of the home and started shooting.

Lakenya Williams said she received a rude awakening early Tuesday morning.

"I got a phone call stating that my sister's estranged husband shot her friend," Williams said.

Williams said Perry leaves behind a young son.

"We loved him," Williams. "We've been knowing him for a very long time. He was a good man."

According to police, as many as eight children ranging in age from 2 to 10 were inside the home at the time of the slaying.

The family said the kids had all come over for a sleepover.

“It really devastated my 10-year-old granddaughter,” said Alfred Esau, Alzetta Esau’s father. “She saw everything.”

Police said Daniels and Alzetta Esau have children together. According to court records, in February Alzetta Esau obtained a permanent injunction against Daniels. He was not to have contact with Alzetta Esau or their children.

"I'm just worried about my sister," Williams said. "That's the only thing I'm worried about, my sister and her well-being. 

"This is a horrific experience for the children who witnessed this crime. The city will exhaust every resource possible to bring Daniels into custody," said Palatka Police Chief Gary Getchell. 

Anyone with any with information leading to the location of Daniels is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-847 or Detective Lt. Jason Shaw at 386-329-0115.


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