15-year-old boy arrested for murder after shooting a Mulberry man in the back with a shotgun

Posted at 10:57 AM, Feb 15, 2017

The Polk County Sheriff's Office arrested a 15-year-old boy for the murder of a 37-year-old Mulberry man early Wednesday morning.

When deputies arrived on scene, they met with 36-year-old Jessica Whidden and the teenager, who is a relative, in a church parking lot near their home. Whidden told deputies that Paul Gregg, Jr., had been drinking earlier in the day and was being argumentative.

When they returned to the home, Jessica said Gregg began yelling at her to kill herself and told her that she was worthless. Jessica told deputies that Gregg was armed with a knife at the time of the confrontation.

Paul Gregg, Jr., was found dead in his bedroom near the master bedroom closet. Deputies investigated the shooting and concluded that the 15-year-old boy shot Gregg in the back with a shotgun, killing him.

Homicide detectives arrested the teenager and charged him with First Degree Murder. He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center without incident.

ABC Action News is not naming the boy as he currently is charged as a juvenile.