Tevin Montrell Leach: The Dark Side of a Former Love’s Tragic End

Man arrested in Jacksonville for fatal shooting of business owner, identified as ex-boyfriend

On Monday afternoon, Tevin Montrell Leach, 30, was arrested in Jacksonville for first-degree murder. The authorities had been searching for him in connection with the murder of Felicia Barbee-Battle, 30, outside her place of business, Molly Maid.

On March 25, 2024, at around 8:23 a.m., officers from the Apex Police Department were dispatched to the 1500 block of Beaver Creek Commons Dr in reference to a shooting. When they arrived on the scene, they found Barbee-Battle lying on the ground outside Molly Maid, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Despite their efforts to save her life, she was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after.

Investigators soon discovered that Leach was the suspect in the shooting and that he had previously been to the business and was known to the workers as Barbee-Battle’s ex-boyfriend. On the day of the shooting, Leach convinced Barbee-Battle to go outside with him before opening fire moments later. An arrest warrant for first-degree murder was issued for Tevin Montrell Leach and he was taken into custody by Jacksonville police department without incident at approximately 2:30 p.m.

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