Man wanted in 16-year-old girl's homicide taken into custody

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 5:49 AM EST

This story was originally published at 3:44 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.

A man wanted since early November in connection to the slaying of a 16-year-old girl has been taken into custody, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

Larry Darnell Peavy was arrested in a Walmart parking lot in Leesburg on Friday after hiding in South Florida as recently as Thursday, Sheriff's deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office received a tip that he might be returning to the area with help, they said. Detectives found Peavy in the parking lot hiding in a vehicle driven by the mother of his child, Melissa Sturgill.

Peavy faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual assault with a weapon or force and premeditated first degree murder.

Investigators say Peavy brought 16-year-old Aleaya Jackson and another 16-year-old to a home for a party in November. They believe not only he murder Jackson, but he also sexually assaulted the other teen.

A car he drove was found in Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County, Peavy's sister lives.

Sturgill was also arrested and has been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.