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Woman Nicknamed ‘Sea Hag’ Charged With Killing Man Who Wouldn’t Give Her Beer

Carolyn Dukeshire. Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

In the Florida Keys, a woman known to locals as “the sea hag” is jailed after police say she fired five bullets into a man who wouldn’t give her a beer. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office,  Carolyn Dukeshire, 62, approached lobster fisherman Martin Mazur, 64, who was sitting in his backyard tiki bar Sunday evening. He had just cracked open a beer, and when Dukeshire asked him to give her one, he refused. At this point, police say, Dukeshire fired a shot with a handgun. When Mazur tried to walk away, Dukeshire allegedly continued shooting, hitting him in the abdomen, back and arm.

Martin Mazur in booking photo from a 2003 DUI arrest. Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Mazur’s business partner, Casey Whippo, 30, witnessed the entire incident and tried to restrain Dukeshire. Whippo then called 911 and tried to save Mazur.  ”I applied pressure, but he was passing in and out of consciousness. There was a lot of blood,” Whippo told the Sun-Sentinel. Dukeshire, having tossed her gun, sat on a lobster trap and waited for deputies. When they arrived, she allegedly told them, ”Mazur is dead.” He was actually still alive, but died later at a hospital in Marathon.

According to Whippo, Dukeshire and Mazur had had an ongoing dispute since last year, when Mazur paid Dukeshire to repair lobster traps which she failed to do.  Dukeshire, Whippo said, was once a lobster fisherman herself. Dukeshire is charged with first-degree premeditated murder and is being held without bond at Monroe County Jail.

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