JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Pasco County sheriff's detectives will be in Jacksonville Friday, interviewing two people wanted for a triple murder and shooting in New Port Richey. The pair were captured Thursday night in Jacksonville.
John Blunt of Safety Harbor, Florida, was also arrested with the Pasco County murder suspects Thursday night. Blunt (pictured) is charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Both murder suspects were in the Duval County Courthouse Friday, but the judge decided not to make them appear. The three are all being held without bond and will soon be transferred back to Pasco County.
Investigators plan to interview Christopher Lee Duncan, 26, and Dora Delgado, 38. Both are being held on warrants for three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder for shooting and killing Louis Wayne Lunceford, 44, Shane Newland, 42, and Justin Huckeby, 25. The fourth victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, is expected to recover from her wounds. Authorities said the murders happened inside a Moon Lake home in New Port Richey on Monday morning.
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office deputies found Duncan, Delgado and Blunt (pictured below) inside a black 2008 Honda Accord parked in the parking lot of a business at the River City Marketplace on Jacksonville's Northside. Blunt was in the driver's seat, Delgado was in the passenger's seat and Duncan was in the back seat, according to the police report. The car was surrounded and the three were arrested shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.
Their capture was a joint effort between the Pasco Sheriff's Office, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, New York Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Because they are suspected of killing three people, News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said authorities likely approached very methodically.
"They would not approach them unless they identify them and they actually believe that they are the possible suspects. They would back off a bit, contact a supervisor and bring in other officers and researchers," Smith said. "(The suspects will) do anything they can to get away. That said, they take those extra precautions to make sure no one gets hurt."
A phone call was received at 4:54 a.m. Monday reporting shots fired in a New Port Richey neighborhood. When deputies arrived at an Adler Street address, three bodies were found inside the home. The fourth victim had escaped the house when deputies arrived.
An autopsy by the District Six Medical Examiner's Office determined each of the victims died of gunshot wounds.
"Drugs may be involved in this case and it may have been a targeted hit," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.
The blue Ford SUV Delgado and Duncan left in Monday morning was found abandoned Wednesday in front of a Weeki Wachee business in Hernando County.
The car the trio was found in was towed and held for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit to investigate.