Sex Crimes

Jacksonville Man Sentenced to Death for 2013 Rape and Murder of Child

A Jacksonville man was sentenced to pay the ultimate price last week after a Duval County jury convicted him of rape and murder. In February, Donald James Smith was convicted in the 2013 rape and murder of Cherish Perrywinkle, an […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Police Say Clearwater Man’s DNA Links Him to Two Sexual Assault Cases Almost Two Decades Ago

St. Petersburg police arrested a man last week whom they say committed two sexual assaults almost twenty years ago. Investigators say Terry Dewayne White’s DNA was entered into the FBI’s national database by another agency investigating a different set of […]... [Read More]

Ohio Man Sentenced to Life in 1987 Rape and Murder of Lake Alfred Woman

Almost thirty years after the crime was committed, a 67-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of allegedly murdering a Lake Alfred woman. Carl Junior McCauley was sentenced to life in prison in a Polk […]... [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]

Death Sentence in Clearwater Murder Case

Late last week, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Richard Luce sentenced John Lee Hampton to death for murdering Lashonda McKinnes in Clearwater in 2007. Hampton was convicted of the murder back in June 2009. After returning a guilty verdict and hearing additional […]... [Read More]

Death Penalty Trial Under Way in Pinellas County

The capital murder trial of John Lee Hampton is under way in Pinellas County this week. Hampton faces the death penalty if he is convicted of murdering Lashonda McKinnes in June, 2007 at her apartment in north Clearwater. Opening statements […]... [Read More]

Federal Law Restricts Discovery in Child Pornography Cases

The Adam Walsh Act was signed into law in 2006 and was largely concerned with the expansion of the National Sex Offender Registry and the grant of additional resources for Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. One minor piece of […]... [Read More]

Mistrial is Declared in Assault of Girl, 8

A case in which a mother was caught between her child and her boyfriend ended in a mistrial Wednesday night when a jury could not decide whom to believe... [Read More]