Life in Prison for Gas Station Murder

Davontae Dashwon Harris, 24, was sentenced to life in prison for Second Degree Murder with a Firearm for the murder of 25 year old Willie Moore Jr. in August 2016. Harris was sentenced as a Prison Releasee Reoffender. He had been out of prison for 5 months, after serving a sentence of 49 months in prison for burglary, before he committed this murder.

Assistant State Attorneys Sara Miller and Hamid Hunter of our Homicide Unit prosecuted Harris. The State Attorney’s Office worked closely with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Fort Myers Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Lee County Port Authority Police on this case. Law enforcement witnesses from all of these agencies testified at trial.

The crime occurred when Harris and the victim got into a physical altercation in the corridor of a Fort Myers hotel. Harris then pulled out a gun. The victim ran out of the hotel to a nearby gas station and convenience store on Cleveland Avenue. He attempted to take a car from two women to escape the danger he was in. The women fought him off and called police to report an attempted carjacking while Moore ran towards the back of the business to try to escape harm. Harris followed and shot and killed Moore. Harris then fled the scene but was found two days after the shooting.

Samantha Syoen
Communications Director
State Attorney’s Office
239-533-1125
ssyoen@sao.cjis20.org