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Delray ‘lean’ drug buy ends in death; shooter on trial for murder


Testimony continued Friday in the murder trial of Brandon Small, one of two men accused in the October 2014 murder of 53-year-old Jocelyn Fleurimond.

Delray Beach Police arrested Small, 28, several days after they arrested his cousin, Harry Dachoute, in connection with the shooting in a parking lot of the apartment building at 915 Auburn Circle North.

The man who drove Small and Dachoute to the building testified Thursday that they went there to purchase “lean,” a street term for codeine, an opiate which abusers mix with Sprite, Mountain Dew or other drinks to provide a euphoric high.

Dachoute told police that after he left the apartment where he purchased the drug, Fleurimond robbed him and stripped him of his gun.

The driver who testified Thursday told jurors he handed Small his own gun after the two of them got out of the car when they noticed the struggle, and he saw Small fire three shots in Fleurimond’s direction.

Investigators who arrived at the scene shortly afterward said Fleurimond was shot in the chest. He died at a local hospital shortly afterwards.

Small denied any involvement in the shooting when police arrested him.

Dachoute, 26, pleaded guilty to two charges in the case in December and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Prosecutors could rest their case against Small as early as Tuesday. He faces charges of first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.



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