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Collier deputies are investigating the county’s first homicide of 2014 after a 25-year-old man was found shot to death Monday in an East Naples home.
Sheriff’s deputies received a call about 3:30 a.m. about a disturbance at 5362 Holland Street in Naples Manor. When deputies arrived, they found Christopher Corey and two dogs inside. All had been shot.
None of the neighbors approached by a Daily News reporter would speak about Corey on the record, but they confirmed he lived in the duplex for about a year and was a Marine.
Corey’s family declined to speak to Daily News reporters. The home on Holland Street is owned by Lucner and Wilmer Corgelas, according to the Collier Property Appraiser’s website. They could not be reached for comment Monday evening.
In January 2012, Corey was arrested by Collier Sheriff's deputies and was charged with operating "a small indoor marijuana grow operation" in a North Naples apartment he shared with a woman. They were accused of growing 13 small marijuana plants worth $39,00 in the woman's bedroom closet. They were charged with felony manufacturing marijuana and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Corey was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Five months later, he pleaded no contest to the manufacturing and paraphernalia charges as part of a plea deal in which the judge withheld an adjudication of guilt. Corey was sentenced to a year of house arrest followed by two years of probation. But he violated probation and was arrested in January 2013. Corey admitted violating several conditions of his probation and the judge found him guilty, revoked his probation, sentenced him to six months in county jail and suspended his driver's license for two years.
Krista Williams, spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, said there was no information available on whether drugs were a possible motive for the killing.
"We’re not ruling out any possibilities," she said. "The investigation is ongoing."
Deputies aren’t the only ones who want answers. Around 5:40 p.m., a man walked away from the apartment, distraught. His guttural yelling pierced the neighborhood.
"Oh my (expletive) God. Oh my (expletive) God," he said.
He wondered out loud who "did this" and promised to find out.
He paced up and down the street in front of the duplex. He stopped and talked to some of Corey’s neighbors. Then he and another man got into a red Ford pickup and drove off.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (239) 252-9300 or, to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
Staff reporters Maryann Batlle and Aisling Swift contributed to this report.