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Ocala homicide suspect stole safe with ‘bricks' of drugs, deputies say

Charles Willoughby
Charles Willoughby

OCALA, Fla. – A Silver Springs man was charged Tuesday in the death of a 41-year-old man shot and killed in July while his daughter slept in another room, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said Mohammad Barak was discovered shot to death by his roommate in Ocala on July 6. Two safes were also missing from the Southwest 45th Avenue. home.

When Barak's roommate left the home around 11 a.m. Charles Willoughby was still in the home with the victim, the roommate told detectives.

The victim's juvenile daughter was also in the home asleep during the time of the murder, according to the report. She said she heard a loud noise, but went back to sleep.

Detectives said they learned that the victim often kept large amounts of cash, "along with 'bricks' of heroin and 'kilos' of methamphetamines," in one of the stolen safes. Video surveillance showed Willoughby placing the two stolen safes in his vehicle before leaving the home, according to the report.

Willoughby's vehicle was later found in Ocala, hidden in tall foliage, deputies said.

Sources told detectives Willoughby had confided in them that he had killed the victim, providing details only the killer would know, according to the report.

Willoughby was already in the Marion County Jail on separate Volusia County drug and theft charges when deputies served him with the additional second-degree homicide charges Tuesday, records show.