Violent Crimes

Largo Man Arrested, Charged With Murder For Alleged Fatal Beating In June

A Largo man authorities say fatally beat his neighbor last month was arrested last week and charged with his murder. Largo police say they were summoned to a local mobile home park on June 9 to respond to the report […]... [Read More]

Botched Alleged Home Invasion Leads To Felony Murder Charges For Tampa Man

An alleged burglary that culminated in the death of a Tampa man’s accomplice in the undertaking has resulted in the laying of felony murder charges against him. Per Hillsborough County authorities, Earnest Eugene Cherry Jr. and Chike Tim broke into […]... [Read More]

Georgia Man Surrenders to Hamilton County Authorities on Murder Charges Relating to Hernando County Park Ranger

Although there remains a question of jurisdiction, the boyfriend of a Hernando County park ranger whose body was discovered afloat in a waterway in Georgia will face charges related to her death. Per authorities, Mitzi Marie Babb was last seen […]... [Read More]

Awaiting Trial for Over Seven Years, Wimauma Murder Suspect Finally Granted Bond

In the Hillsborough County Jail since late 2010, a Wimauma man was finally granted bail last week after a judge opined that the evidence prosecutors have presented against him to this point is too weak to deny it. Michael Edward […]... [Read More]

Man Suspected of Hit-and-Run Death in Pennsylvania Apprehended in Tampa

A man who Pennsylvania authorities say fled the state after causing a fatal car accident was apprehended by Tampa Police last week. Lancaster, Pennsylvania authorities say Kristopher Martinez-Roman was driving in the area on May 24 when he ran a […]... [Read More]

Hernando Jury Finds Brooksville Man Guilty of Three Counts of Murder in 2014 Shooting Rampage

Four years after the events in question, a Hernando County jury passed down a verdict of guilty upon a Brooksville man the state says committed among the most shocking shooting sprees in the city’s history. A jury will decide the […]... [Read More]

Date Set for “Stand Your Ground” Movie Theater Murder Trial

The retired Tampa police captain who fatally shot another man in a Wesley Chapel movie theater in 2014 will stand trial on second-degree murder charges early next year. Curtis Judson Reeves stands accused of murder after shooting Chad Wayne Oulson […]... [Read More]

Prosecutors Asking for Death Penalty in Trial of Riverview Man Accused of Double Murder

Hillsborough County prosecutors announced last week that they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing his girlfriend and daughter and seriously injuring their son. Ronnie Oneal III stands accused of killing Kenyatta Barron and their 9-year-old […]... [Read More]

Ex-Pinellas Deputy Sentence to Probation After 2015 Shooting

A Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy avoided prison time after pleading guilty to attempted manslaughter last week. Timothy G. Virden was sentenced to three years of probation last week after entering his guilty plea in connection with a shooting in a […]... [Read More]

December Morning

It was late, and Gary was worried. The pre-dawn hours in central Florida are typically a peaceful prelude to just the kind of mild days the state has become known for. It was the first Friday in December, and the […]... [Read More]

Lake Placid Man Charged with Murder in Shooting of Highlands County Deputy

A Highlands County Sheriff’s deputy is dead and a Lake Placid man is in jail after a dispute that investigators said was touched off by a cat. According to deputies, Deputy William J. Gentry Jr. was dispatched to a Lake […]... [Read More]

Tallahassee Widow Indicted for Murder in Relation to Husband’s Disappearance in 2000

A Tallahassee grand jury opened a new chapter in an almost two-decade-old cold case last week when they indicted the widow of a man missing since 2000 for his murder. Denise Merrell Williams, now 48, is now facing charges in […]... [Read More]

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 Man Charged with Felony Murder After Allegedly Attempting to Run Down Indian Shores Officer

Police say a St. Petersburg man attempted to run down a police officer with his car last week, prompting the officer to fire at him prior to being struck. Stephan Jon Weekley was apprehended after a sizable manhunt earlier last […]... [Read More]

Tampa Sexagenarian Charged with First-Degree Murder in Suspected September Slaying

Previously in jail for unrelated drug charges, a Tampa man was re-arrested last week and charged with murder in connection with the death of an Osceola County woman. Tampa police say James Leon “Bo” Jackson is the culprit responsible for […]... [Read More]