On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 the Fort Myers Police Department in a joint effort with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement obtained a warrant for the arrest of Dietrich Wilcox (d.o.b. 3-10-77 of Fort Myers) for Second Degree Murder. Wilcox will face the charge for killing Travis Burton (3-18-85 of Fort Myers) earlier this year.
On Wednesday, February 01, 2012 at 7:19 p.m. the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a shooting at 2518 Pauldo Street. Upon arrival officers located Burton suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Burton was unresponsive and officers immediately began life saving measures. However, once Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene paramedics pronounced Burton deceased from his injuries. Witnesses at the time told police that Burton was sitting on the front porch when an unknown man ran in front of the home and began shooting at him. The suspect fled south on Pauldo Street. After a lengthy investigation, FMPD detectives with assistance from FDLE agents identified Wilcox as the suspect in the case.
Chief Doug Baker hopes the new developments will bring justice to Burton’s family. “We are focused on getting our violent offenders off the streets. This case is an excellent example of our combined efforts with our law enforcement partners on both state and federal levels.”
Wilcox is currently in custody in the Lee County Jail on federal charges for an unrelated weapons offense. FMPD arrested Wilcox back in June for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon without Intent to Kill, Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest without Violence. Once his federal charges are resolved Wilcox will face the Second Degree Murder Charge.