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Default Ocala, FL Confidential Informant WM, 61 shot to death; 2 negro arrests


Judge orders no bond in Ocala murder-for-hire case

Updated Mar 13, 2019 at 3:07 PM

Allison Mells, 43, was arrested Tuesday on principal to first-degree murder. La’Mathis E. “Bread Boy” Hamilton, 27, was arrested Monday in the case.

An Ocala man accused of hiring someone to kill a witness in a drug case that involved his son had his first appearance before a judge on Wednesday.

Allison Mells, 43, had been arrested Tuesday on a charge of principal to first-degree murder in the death of Roland Henry Lanctot earlier this year.

On Wednesday, Mells appeared before Judge Jim McCune. A prosecutor at the appearance told the judge that Mells has two open felony drug charges for possession of cocaine and possession of cannabis more than 20 grams, which were filed March 4. The prosecutor also told McCune that Mells has a long history of convictions on drug charges.

Mells told the judge he has a public defender for his recent drug arrest charges. He said he is trying to get a lawyer for his defense on the principal to first-degree murder charge.

McCune denied bond for Mells, citing the nature of the new charge, his prior convictions and risk of harm. He set the next court date for Mells for April 16.

Lanctot, 61, was found by his sister shot to death in his tent in dense woods in the area of Northwest Blitchton Road and Northwest 33rd Avenue on the afternoon of Jan. 17.

Detectives said Tuesday that he was a key witness in a drug deal that involved Mells’ son, Kenneth Mills. Lanctot was a confidential informant and had conducted several drug purchases under the direction of the Unified Drug Enforcement Strike Team, which included deals with Mills, 31, according to authorities.

Detectives said they were able to connect Mells to the arrangements for Lanctot’s death, which came after Mells found out about the man’s connection to the arrest of his son.

The alleged triggerman, La’Mathis E. “Bread Boy” Hamilton, 27, of Reddick, was arrested on first-degree murder Monday.

Though Hamilton admitted to selling a gun to Mells after he was approached to help kill Lanctot and said that Mells paid him $3,000 to kill the man, he denied shooting him.



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