Marion County, Florida (August 9, 2017) – On Wednesday, August 9th, Marion County

Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested Charles James Willoughby (DOB: 08/14/1984) and charged him with 2nd Degree Murder. On July 6th, 2017, detectives responded to 10450 SW 45th Avenue Ocala, Florida, to investigate a suspicious death. At that location, detectives discovered the body of victim, Mohammad Barak (DOB: 05/08/1976), who had been shot to death.

After further investigation, it was discovered that two safes had been stolen from the home. After reviewing security video taken from outside the victim’s home, detectives could see Charles Willoughby placing the stolen safes into his vehicle during the time that the murder took place. Further evidence from inside the home helped detectives determine that Charles Willoughby had murdered the victim.

Charles Willoughby was already in the Marion County Jail as of 07/14/2017 on charges of Grand Theft, Petit Theft, Trafficking in Heroin, and Trafficking in Methamphetamine. At the conclusion of their investigation today, detectives placed the additional charge of Homicide on Charles Willoughby.

Valerie Strong

Public Information Office

Office: (352) 368-3559

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