Brunvand Wins Acquittal in Federal Murder Trial

Staring a life sentence in federal prison in the face, a St. Petersburg man is now awaiting sentencing on lesser crimes after a jury unanimously found him not guilty of murder. Corey D. Harris, a twenty-five-year-old, was acquitted after a […]... [Read More]

Ex-Buccaneers TE Sefarian-Jenkins Charged with Drunk Driving

Now-former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was about to end a traffic stop with a Florida Highway Patrol officer last Friday with only a warning. But, according to the officer, Sefarian-Jenkins told him a meandering tale about life […]... [Read More]

Confession in 1987 Murder Cited in Motion to Set Aside Sentence of Man Convicted of the Slaying

Leo Schofield was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison in 1989. Almost three decades later another man has come forward claiming responsibility for the murder and has filed a motion with the relevant court asking […]... [Read More]

Flak Jacket Test Leads to Manslaughter Charge Against Tampa Man

One man is dead and his cousin is in jail after a test to determine whether a flak jacket could stop a bullet went tragically as expected. According to Tampa police, twenty-four year old Alexandro Garibaldi fired a single shot […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man’s Felony Murder Conviction Reversed in 1986 Killing

Florida’s 2nd District Court of Appeal ordered a new trial for George Shrader on Wednesday, thirty years after the body of the woman he was originally convicted of murdering was first discovered in southern Hillsborough county. Shrader, who celebrated his […]... [Read More]

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The butterflies in his stomach were playing ping-pong with the steak he had eaten a few hours before. He’d asked for it to be medium-rare, which it probably had been about twenty minutes before the cook took it off the […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Woman Apprehended on Suspicion of Torching Car She Thought Belonged to Ex-Boyfriend

A Clearwater woman was arrested on Saturday morning after being recorded while allegedly torching a car she believed belonged to her ex-boyfriend. Nineteen-year-old Carmen Chamblee was arrested by officers from the Clearwater Police Department after a week-long search. She is […]... [Read More]

HCSO Deputy Serving Drug Warrant Kills Unarmed Tampa Man

An unarmed Tampa man was mortally wounded by a Hillsborough county sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday morning in the course of serving a warrant in the Clair-Mel area. The Hillsborough Sheriff’s SWAT team arrived around 8 A.M. at a home near […]... [Read More]

Tampa Attorney Pleads Guilty After Falling Victim to DEA Sting

A prominent Tampa attorney pled guilty to charges of hiding proceeds from illegal drug deals last week after agreeing to help a DEA agent and an informer set up a private trust for holding cash proceeds from sales of drugs […]... [Read More]

Counties that Use Death Penalty the Most are Fraught with Error and Misconduct: Harvard Law Study

A recent study by Harvard Law School finds that, although death sentences have dropped nationwide, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are among an exceedingly small group where capital punishment is apparently bucking the trend. The report, entitled “Too Broken to Fix: […]... [Read More]

Septuagenarian Suspected of Slamming Into Sheriff Deputy’s Squad Car While Sloshed

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies accuse a seventy-year-old Tampa man of causing a three-car accident involving a deputy’s vehicle while piloting his own in a state of intoxication. Alfredo Rodriguez-Jimenez was driving down N 15th Street Sunday night when deputies say […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Prosecutors Drop First-Degree Murder Charges in 2014 Homicide

A Clearwater man charged in the murder of a woman whose body was found near the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail was released on Friday after prosecutors dropped the charges against him. Dewayne Jones, who turned 20 almost two months ago […]... [Read More]

One Local Music Teacher Slain, Another Critically Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

One elementary school music teacher is dead and another is in critical condition after allegedly being struck by a drunk driver early Sunday morning. Pinellas Park Police say that Bryce McCloud, a 36-year old man from St. Petersburg, was driving […]... [Read More]

Suspect in 2010 Slaying Arrested in Mexico

A man on the run from Hillsborough County authorities for almost six years was apprehended in Matamoros, Mexico by officials from the Department of Homeland Security last week. Mario Sanchez Mercado, 27, was apprehended by Mexican authorities in the city […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Arrested in Spain for Allegedly Fleeing DUI and Vehicular Homicide Charges

A Tampa man who has been wanted in connection with allegedly killing another in a drunken wrong-way driving wreck in 2012 was arrested last week on the southern coast of Spain, 4,600 miles away. Authorities allege that Christopher Ponce (aged […]... [Read More]