Men accused of wearing clown masks during deadly shooting in Volusia County indicted

Keylan Baker, Noble Geathers, indicted on first-degree murder charges

(Left) Noble Geathers, (Right) Keylan Baker (Copyright 2022 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The men accused of wearing clown masks during a deadly shooting outside a Daytona Beach mini-mart have been indicted, court documents show.

Keylan Baker, 26, and Noble Geathers, 29, were indicted Thursday on first-degree murder charges.

Baker was arrested in early May, while Geathers was nabbed shortly after the shooting in November, records show.

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Investigators said the men were drinking at Baker’s home on Reva Street prior to the shooting.

While the group was drinking, witnesses said Baker became aggressive and wanted to “go do a lick,” which means he wanted to commit a robbery, records show.

Police said the group then went up the road to a nearby liquor store to buy more alcohol. While on the way, officers said the group encountered the man who was later shot. Baker grabbed the victim by the shirt and said “Give me what you’re smoking,” according to the witness statement. The man did not fight back and the group moved on, investigators said.

When the group got back to the home on Reva Street, Baker again said he wanted to commit a robbery and displayed a revolver, records show. Witness said Baker then went and retrieved two clown masks, one with green hair and one with red hair, police said.

Baker put on the green-haired mask, Geathers put on the red-hair mask and the pair left the house, witnesses said.

Police said the masked pair then walked back up the road where the victim and two others were working on a car in a parking lot outside the D Town Supermarkets on Orange Avenue. Investigators said surveillance video showed Geathers acting as a lookout as Baker approached the victim.

One of the witnesses who was sitting in the car being worked on said they saw Baker put a finger to the mask’s mouth, telling the witness to be quiet, records show. The witness thought the masked man was going to prank the victim but saw the man point a gun at the man and shoot him once in the head, police said.

Investigator said Baker then pointed the gun at the person in the car, but another witness got between them and begged the masked man not to shoot. Baker and Geathers then took off, records show.

In addition to the murder charge, Baker was also indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.