Violent Crimes

Seeds Planted by Brunvand in St. Pete Man’s Capital Murder Trial Blossom Into Conviction Reversal at Florida Supreme Court

A former United States Air Force sergeant’s death sentence for a pair of 2007 murders was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court last week thanks, in large part, to the work of Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney Bjorn Brunvand. […]... [Read More]

Unflattering Remarks About St. Pete Man’s Girlfriend Leads to Alleged Knife Attack, Felony Murder Charge

Disparaging comments made about a St. Petersburg man’s significant other by his coworkers allegedly led him to attempt murdering one of them. So say authorities about an altercation at a Treasure Island eatery that took place early last week. Treasure […]... [Read More]

Suicidal Comment Leads to Alleged Murder Victim and First-Degree Murder Charge for Tampa Man

An alleged suicidal comment led to the arrest of a Tampa man who authorities believe murdered his girlfriend. Last Saturday Hector Favio “Pops” Acevedo allegedly called his mother Maria Soto, telling her that he wished to end his own life. […]... [Read More]

Second Trial Yields Acquittal for Defendant in 2006 Oldsmar Homicide

The second time was a charm for a man first convicted six years ago for a 2006 murder, as a Pinellas County jury opted not to convict a Mississippi man again for the crime last week. Twenty-nine-year-old Hector Josue Vasquez-Padilla […]... [Read More]

Bail Remains at $1.5 Million for St. Pete Man Accused of Lighting Girlfriend Aflame

A St. Petersburg man who has been held in jail since last summer will remain there for the foreseeable future after his request for a lower bail was denied. Authorities say John Martin Riggins doused his then-girlfriend Sheron Pasco with […]... [Read More]

Fatal Bar Fight Leads to Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man

A game of pool at a St. Petersburg bar last week ended with one player dead and the other facing manslaughter charges. According to St. Petersburg police, Vincent Hollingsworth and Mario Renard Stephens were playing pool at a Bayview bar […]... [Read More]

Lakeland Teen Charged with Second-Degree Murder After Man’s Corpse Found Aflame Behind Tampa Residence

A suspect in the slaying of a Tampa man whose corpse was found in flames turned himself in to authorities last Sunday. He’s now facing charges of second-degree murder for his alleged actions in connection with the case. Sigfredo Espinel […]... [Read More]

One Dead, Four Others Wounded After Alleged Drive-By Shooting at SoHo Lounge

A bar patron who was asked to leave a SoHo establishment last week allegedly made good on a promise to return with a firearm and is now being charged with first-degree murder for actions authorities say he took upon his […]... [Read More]

Allegedly Illegal Window Tinting Leads to Chase and Multiple Felony Charges in New Port Richey

A Dade City native is facing almost two dozen charges after police in New Port Richey say they discovered significant quantities of controlled substances and firearms upon apprehending him after a vehicular chase. Twenty-seven-year-old Lionell Dieon Bates initially attracted the […]... [Read More]

Wounded USF Football Player Charged with Aggravated Assault, Cannabis Possession After Alleged Road-Rage Incident

A football player for the University of South Florida was arrested last week after Tampa police say he was involved in a road-rage incident while in possession of cannabis. Hassan Ismael “Hot” Childs was taken into custody upon his release […]... [Read More]

Riverview Man Accused of Slaying Mother on Her Birthday

A Riverview man is in jail today, accused of brutally killing his mother on her birthday. Joshua Leon Carmona was arrested last Tuesday after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say he beat his mother with a baseball bat before delivering the […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Successfully Motions for Resentencing in 2008 Murder Conviction

A Pasco County judge ordered a new penalty phase for a man on Florida’s Death Row last week based upon a motion for relief filed by Bjorn Brunvand. Senior Judge William Webb granted the order for resentencing in favor of […]... [Read More]

Homeowner Allegedly Shoots Two Brothers, Killing One, at Gathering in Seffner

Authorities say a gathering at a mobile home in Seffner turned deadly last Wednesday after they responded to a 9-1-1 call placed by the man they allege to have shot two other people. Martin Alfred Johnson placed a call to […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged in 2015 Slaying

St. Petersburg Police arrested a man they allege was involved in the killing of a teenager in the course of a robbery of his home in 2015. Jesse Paul Greene was taken into custody last week after an investigation that […]... [Read More]

New Hearing Granted to Prisoner After Another Confesses to 1987 Murder

After being sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder almost three decades ago, a man convicted of a Polk county murder has been given the chance to put new evidence before a court that he and his attorneys believe […]... [Read More]

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