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Second-degree murder filing in Port Charlotte barbershop owner's death

Manuel 'Macho' Torres was shot and killed in front of his barbershop on March 20.
Torres leaves behind his wife and two sons
Posted at 5:27 PM, Apr 23, 2024

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — One man has been arrested in connection to the death of a Port Charlotte barber.

Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell announced Tuesday that enough probable cause has been determined to arrest David Lee Hull and charge him with second-degree murder in connection to the March 20thdeath of Manuel 'Macho' Torres.

David Lee Hull

Prummell says Hull is now in the Charlotte County Jail.

Torres was shot in front of his Port Charlotte barbershop, Uppercutz, where he had worked for 11 years, deputies say.

Torres's wife, Kenia Tejada, told Fox 4's Charlotte Community Correspondent Alex Orenczuk that her family and friends celebrated when they heard about the arrest.

"It feels great," said Tejada. "Justice has been done, justice has been made. It doesn't take the pain away because he’s no longer here, but there was justice for him."

Torres leaves behind his wife and two sons

The day after the shooting, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office named Hull as the shooter and said he was cooperating with law enforcement, but he had not been arrested.

Earlier this month, Torres' family protested what they called a lack of information from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, and were concerned about the length of the investigation.

A memorial has taken over Manuel "Macho" Torres' chair at his Uppercutz Barbershop location in Port Charlotte.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Prummell says the sheriff's office used that time to continue their investigation - that included determining if the incident fell under a "Stand Your Ground" claim.

"As you may or may not know, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law protects you from prosecution for homicide if you can prove that you believed you or another person was in imminent danger of bodily harm or death - or that you used deadly force to prevent the commission of a felony," Prummell said Tuesday.

Prummell says further review of the case by the state attorney's office, in conjunction with his Major Case Division, led investigators to determine that there was enough probable cause to arrest Hull.

"I know that there was a lot of concern over the length of this investigation. But based on the circumstances surrounding the altercation, and the claim of Mr. Hull, we wanted to be sure all evidence and statements were obtained and reviewed prior to making any arrest in this case."

Torres left behind a wife and two sons. Hull is expected to appear before a judge for the first time on Wednesday.