Updated:MARION COUNTY, fla. - Ocala police just linked one man to three murders in Marion County and police said the drug-related killings involved a mid-level dealer and two of his girlfriends.
When Michael Woods woke up in the Marion County jail on Wednesday, police said he was charged with one murder and when he woke up Thursday, he was charged with three.
Ocala police said Toni Centracco and Cheyvana Hampton were innocent victims who both had a relationship with the wrong man.
"It appears that neither Toni Centracco nor Cheyvana Hampton really took an active role or knew a whole lot about Marshall's business," said Lieutenant Mike Balken, Ocala Police Department.
The Marshall he referred to was Marshall Pardee. Police say Pardee created a business and, they say, that business was drug dealing. In August of 2007, Pardee's rental home was burglarized by his friend and alleged fellow drug dealer Michael Woods.
Police said Pardee's girlfriend at the time, 20-year-old Toni Centracco caught Woods in the act and was shot to death. Fast forward nearly 3 years. Woods and Pardee were still friends, but police said that on the night of February 13, 2010, Woods murdered Pardee and his current girlfriend, Cheyvana Hampton.
In November of 2010, police said they arrested Woods for Centracco's murder. As of Thursday, police said they charged Woods with killing Pardee and Hampton after finding the handgun Woods used in a Putnam County lake, behind his family's home.
Detectives said both women would likely be alive today had they never crossed paths with Woods and Pardee.
"I can't say that Cheyvana Hampton didn't know what Marshall Pardee did for a living. I can tell you that our investigation indicated and showed us that she was against drug sales and things like that. I think Cheyvana's only problem was falling in love with the wrong person," said Balken.
Police said Woods will stand trial for Centracco's murder early next year and for the murders of Hampton and Pardee shortly after.