Ponthieux, 38, of Santa Rosa Beach, told police that during an argument over drugs she ordered Harvard out of the room at the Crestview Inn at which they were staying “or she would kill him,” a probable cause affidavit said.

CRESTVIEW — An argument over the use of “illegal narcotics” resulted in Thursday’s fatal shooting of Niceville resident Jonathan Tyler Harvard.


Lovejoy Cassie Ponthieux, who identified herself to Crestview police as Harvard’s fiance, has been charged with second degree murder.


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Crestview Police Maj. Andrew Schneider said investigators continue to look into the nature of the relationship between Ponthieux and Harvard.



Ponthieux, 38, of Santa Rosa Beach, told police that during an argument over drugs, she ordered Harvard out of the room at the Crestview Inn where they were staying “or she would kill him,” a probable cause affidavit said.


Harvard, 26, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, removed several rounds from the magazine and handed the weapon to Ponthieux, the affidavit said.


He “told her if she wanted to, go ahead and shoot him,” the report said, quoting Ponthieux. “She believed the handgun was not loaded and pulled the trigger.”


Police and rescue workers arrived shortly after 10:30 p.m., the time officials estimated the shooting took place. Harvard, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead on the scene.


Ponthieux is being held without bond at the Okaloosa County Jail.