Phillip Stapleton charged in Ashley Voss murder conspirac

Phillip Stapleton, inset on the left, Aurelio Diaz, inset on the right, and Ashley Voss, center, with her two boys. (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office; GoFundMe)

A second Florida man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a young mother of two who was shot in the back in her own car in late July, authorities announced this week.

Phillip Stapleton, 32, stands accused of one count each of principal to murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. The defendant was arrested on Monday with the assistance of deputies from the nearby Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

“This arrest is another example of the tenacity with which our detectives continue to pursue leads to crimes here in Hillsborough County,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said on Monday. “Our team works each tip relentlessly to remove any danger they can to the community that we serve.”

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