2015-08-19 / Community

Miller County resident’s nephew killed in Florida


James Terry Yelvington was shot Tuesday morning in the driveway of his home in Lake Alfred, FL. James Terry Yelvington was shot Tuesday morning in the driveway of his home in Lake Alfred, FL. The Lake Alfred Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office have unleashed a force of 40 to find the killer of a Lake Alfred man who was shot Tuesday morning before getting into his car for work.

According to reports, neighbors heard gunshots at about 5:50 a.m. When they went outside to see what happened, they found the body of 60-year-old James Terry Yelvington in the grass near the driveway, where his blue and gray Dodge Charger was parked at 735 Todhunter Way.

Witnesses said they saw tail lights of a dark-colored vehicle leaving the area via Thelma Street.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Yelvington was found in his work clothes and that it appears he was leaving his house for the day. Yelvington worked at Packaging Corp. of America at 2155 42nd St. NW in Winter Haven.

His wife of 24 years, Tina, already had left for work.

“We are still investigating to see if anything was taken,” Judd said. “We have absolutely no idea why anyone would have wanted to shoot him.

“ We need help from the community. Someone knows why Mr. Yelvington was shot.”

Anglea Emmett, who has lived just down the street for seven years, said the neighborhood is historically quiet, but more recently they have seen an uptick in crime.

“When the homes started getting foreclosed, people started squatting,” she said, pointing to a house near the crime scene. “We just got the electricity turned off over there. There were druggies living there. They sold the back porch, the garage door.”

Carol O’Brien, who has lived in the neighborhood for 24 years, said the house next door to Yelvington’s was broken into a couple of years ago.

Yelvington is the nephew of Bobby and Ruth Tully of Colquitt.

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