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Keys woman known as ‘sea hag’ accused of killing man over beer refusal

A 62-year-old Conch Key woman was arrested on a murder charge Sunday night after being accused of shooting a Keys fisherman five times after he refused to give her a beer.

Carolyn Dukeshire, who the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said is known as "the sea hag," reportedly shot Martin Mazur, 64.

The incident happened at 53 N. Conch Ave. shortly after 7 p.m.

Deputy Becky Herrin said Casey Whippo, 30, of Conch Key told deputies that he and Mazur went to dinner at the Brass Monkey in Marathon. They returned to the house and were sitting outside. They had just opened a beer when Dukeshire walked around the side of the house and asked if she could have one.

Whippo said Mazur refused to give her a beer, so Dukeshire shot him twice in the abdomen, twice in the back and once in the wrist, according to Herrin.

Whippo told investigators he grabbed Dukeshire's arms and told her she couldn't leave, and then called the sheriff's office. Whippo said Dukeshire threw the gun into the canal behind the house, then sat down and waited for deputies to arrive.

Mazure died at Fishermen's Hospital. Dukeshire faces a first-degree murder charge and was held without bail at the Monroe County Jail.

Whippo said a feud between Mazur and Dukeshire began about a year ago after she failed to repair traps, a job for which he had already paid her.

Dukeshire – whose nickname stems from her weathered appearance – once fished for lobster herself before becoming disabled, said Whippo.

Whippo said Mazur had no known relatives.

Information from the Sun Sentinel is included in this report.