William Dabbs Charged With Murdering His Boss in a Home Depot Parking Lot

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The Boynton Beach Police Department announced today that 54-year-old William Dabbs was charged with first-degree murder, nearly two weeks after his boss was found dead in a Home Depot parking lot.

According to a police report, the cops responded to a call about a man sitting in his car parked in a lot outside of a Boynton Beach Home Depot who'd just been shot in the head on the morning of October 26.

When police arrived, the man -- later identified as 41-year-old Lawrence Modena -- was still sitting in the driver's seat of his car, with one gunshot wound to the head and several to his torso.

Police say five spent .380-caliber casings were found in and around the car.

Somebody reported seeing a white work van pull out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed after the shooting, and police spotted a vehicle matching the description a few minutes later.

That's when the police chase started on I-95, as cops say the van was traveling at more than 100 mph before it hit another car and eventually exited the highway.

Cops blocked Federal Highway, and the van came to a stop. While stopped, the driver -- eventually identified as Dabbs -- was seen putting a gun to his head, then putting the gun back on his lap.

A police detective told Dabbs to comply with his orders, to which Dabbs responded by pointing the gun at the detective, the report states.

The detective shot at Dabbs three times -- hitting him at least once -- before Dabbs was pulled from the van and arrested, according to police.

After finding the .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, police asked Dabbs what happened.

He said he had just left Home Depot after having an argument with "a dude," and when police asked him whether he happened to shoot this "dude," Dabbs said he no longer wished to speak with the cops, according to the report.

Modena was pronounced dead nearly an hour after the shooting, and the cops started investigating.

Police say they found out that the van Dabbs was driving had been reported stolen, and a surveillance video captured a van matching the description of the one Dabbs was driving exiting the Home Depot parking lot just after the shooting.

The casings at the scene were then found by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to be a match to Dabbs' .380-caliber handgun, and calls were made between Dabbs and Modena the night before, morning of, and five minutes before someone called police about the shooting.

Modena's wife also told police that her husband wasn't "some dude" to Dabbs but instead that Dabbs was an employee at Modena's construction company, and police said Modena had told his wife he was going to meet Dabbs the morning of the shooting.

Dabbs is also being charged with assault on a police officer and fleeing or eluding police and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail on $125,000.


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Sean Slaney
Sean Slaney

I hope that Dabbs is given the injection, as he killed one of my best friends, so i hope you rott in hell you SOB......

Bonzodog8
Bonzodog8

and we'll spend hundreds of thousands to convict him, and hundreds of thousands more to support him for the rest of his life.......  KILL HIM ..!!!!!

FQS9000
FQS9000

A valiant hero shows the 'man' that he had better not exploit a helpless a worker.  Power to the people.  Too bad the worker is an incompetent fool.  Perhaps that is why he was being oppressed.  

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

I never followed that logic...  We think murder is wrong and to prove it, we murder someone?

FQS9000
FQS9000

You shouldn't be 'a hatin' poor oppressed Mr. Dabbs.  This was the first boss he ever shot.  All he needs is help and love.  Most likely he won't shoot anybody else other than his next employer and we know from the OWS bunch that ALL employers are greedy, capitalist pigs who need a hot lead injection.  We should feel pity for Mr. Dabbs, he was forced into this action by 'da man'.  

bigriggs
bigriggs

Call it a difference of opinion.

Sean Slaney
Sean Slaney

 Are you just a fuckin asshole, how can you support someone who has murdered u sick fuck.......

Jasminem
Jasminem

First of all if mr dabbs is a piece of shit !!! Larry was a very good friend of mine . Maybe you would think different if it was your brother dead in the car !!!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Actually, according to the State of New Jersey, this "difference of opinion" cost the state nearly a quarter of a billion dollars for 20+ years of housing folks on death row (and never executing someone).

Sean Slaney
Sean Slaney

 Jas i hope Dabbs does burn in hell for shooting Larry, have you heard the out come of the case, i have not managed to speak to Berta as yet.

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