Marianna man calls in fake murder report; charged with misuse of 911
Mar 12, 2013 (Jackson County Floridan - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Marianna man who called in a false report of murder on Monday afternoon has been charged with the misuse of 911.
Jackson County Sheriff Lou Roberts said William Drew was identified as the caller shortly after more than a half-dozen deputies and municipal police officers responded to the call Drew made on a cellular phone, reporting that there had been a murder on Bump Nose Road.
Officers found Drew walking down the road near his Colonel Road dwelling, which is also located near Bump Nose Road.
Roberts said he questioned the 44-year-old about why he had placed such a call, and that Drew said he did so because he "just wanted to talk" to the sheriff.
Roberts went on to say that Drew then made several comments about various things including suspicions that Roberts described as seemingly irrational.
Drew's home was searched to ensure that there was no body or other evidence of foul play, Roberts said. There was a shotgun in the home, and Drew had two unused shotgun shells in his pocket when he was located, but there was no evidence that the gun had been used in any way near the time of the report.
Roberts explained why he felt the charge against Drew was warranted; the call, he said, had unnecessarily pulled deputies from other areas where they were needed to carry out their daily duties to serve and protect.
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