Saturday night news release:
LAKELAND, FL (October 8, 2016) – The Lakeland Police Department responded to 702 Whitehurst Street at approximately 6:53 p.m., in reference to a stabbing that had just occurred. Responding officers discovered the victim lying on his back in the front yard. A female suspect was also in the front yard crying and was taken into custody. The victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center and later pronounced deceased. The suspect and the victim were arguing over synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice.
The Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene and at this time witnesses are still being interviewed. The suspect has been identified as Precious Colbert, 27 years old. Colbert has not been charged at this time as the investigation is still ongoing. An update will be released tomorrow.
Colbert has several prior arrests for:
- Failure to Appear
- Attempted Burglary
- Resisting Arrest without Violence
The victim has been identified as Devontae Poole, 20 years old, Lakeland, FL. Next-of-kin has been notified.
Sunday morning news release:
Several witnesses were interviewed and detectives discovered that the suspect and victim were involved in a physical altercation inside her vehicle. The victim arrived at his residence and exited the vehicle. The suspect exited the vehicle and pursued the victim. After the suspect caught up to the victim, witnesses observed her holding an unknown object in her right hand and striking the victim in the chest with a downward motion, which corroborated the observations from the witnesses. The suspect admitted to stabbing the suspect. The suspect was charged with 2nd degree murder.
The victim was transported to Lakeland Regional Health where he was pronounced dead. Next of kin has been notified.
Arrested: Precious Colbert, 27, 1727 Washington Avenue, Lakeland, FL.