Sheriff: Children home during Navarre double murder

UPDATE, Sept. 14, 11:30 a.m.: Deputies responding to a homicide on Bobwhite Circle in Navarre Sept. 13 found their suspect covered in blood, waiting outside the home, Sheriff Bob Johnson announced Monday in a press conference.

Courtney Howell, 38

Courtney “Corry” Howell, 38, was arrested at 2607 Bobwhite Circle and charged with double homicide.

His three children were allegedly in the home at the time of the incident.

The victims have been identified as Howell’s girlfriend Samantha Huffman, 32, and his stepfather John Hendricks, 58. Both were found dead apparently from multiple stab wounds.

According to the Sheriff’s office, a bloody knife used in Howell’s job as a construction worker was found on the floor of the residence.

In his statement to deputies, Howell claimed the victims were conspiring to kill him. Both were unarmed during the assault, according to the arrest report.

State Attorney Bill Eddins said his office will seek grand jury indictment of Howell on two counts of first degree murder in the case.

Howell lived at the residence with his three children and the two victims.


Original, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.: The Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has called a press conference Monday morning to discuss a double death investigation in Navarre. 

The incident — the Sheriff’s Office is not calling it a homicide yet – happened Sunday evening. 

The suspect is in custody, according to the information released last Sunday night. 

Witnesses say it happened on Bob White Circle. 

Courtney William Howell of 2607 Bob White Circle was taken into custody about 9:30 Sunday night and charged with murder dangerous depraved without premeditation. He is 38. 

No bond has been set. 

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