Violent Crimes

Clair-Mel Man in Hillsborough County Jail Charged with Manslaughter in 2016 Madeira Beach Death

Already a guest of the Hillsborough County sheriff, a Clair-Mel man is now facing manslaughter charges in Pinellas County for an altercation that led to the death of his girlfriend late last year. Michael Thomas Valenti was arrested in early […]... [Read More]

Murder Charges for Man Who Allegedly Shoots Girlfriend at East Tampa Filling Station

Little is known about the circumstances that led to the alleged attack, but Tampa police say that an armed altercation between a man and his girlfriend left her dead and him the perpetrator of her murder. Officers of the TPD […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Gets Automatic Life Sentence for 2013 Slaying of Convenience Store Clerk

A Tampa 24-year-old will spend the remainder of his natural life in the Florida prison system after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder on Tuesday. Prosecutors opted not to pursue the death penalty against Lawrence Robert Bongiovanni due to […]... [Read More]

Slaying Over Illegal Drugs in Largo Hotel Leads to Murder Charge for Transient Man

Pinellas County officials say an argument over illicit drugs precipitated a murder in a motel in Largo, and have charged a transient man in connection with the killing. Authorities say Angel Enrigue Martinez became enmeshed in a disagreement with Ricky […]... [Read More]

Brutal Slashing Yields First-Degree Murder Charges for St. Pete Man

A routine cab fare ended in a brutal murder last week according to St. Petersburg police, and prosecutors have charged a local man with murder in the first degree as a result. John Andrew Hutchens was dispatched to a residence […]... [Read More]

Bradenton Man Spared Death Sentence After Guilty Verdicts in Three Slayings

A Manatee County jury took three hours to decide that the punishment appropriate to Andres “Andy” Avalos Jr.’s two first-degree murder convictions is to live out the remainder of his days inside the walls of a Florida prison. Avalos was […]... [Read More]

Murder Charges Filed Against Tampa Man for USF-Area Killing

Murder charges have been filed against a Tampa man in connection with a corpse discovered in a USF-area home earlier this month. Deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kadeem Dareem Archibald at the offices of his defense attorney […]... [Read More]

Arrest Uneventful of St. Pete Man Charged with Murder in Slaying at Jordan Park

A St. Petersburg man was arrested without incident last week after a warrant was issued for him in the matter of the killing of another man in Jordan Park earlier this month. Police say they arrested Denzel Rashad Tarver four […]... [Read More]

Alleged Near-Fatal Stabbing at Hotel Garners New Port Richey Woman Attempted Murder Charge

A New Port Richey woman was mostly tight lipped after being arrested for an allegedly near-fatal domestic assault police say she committed last week – though they said that she did open her mouth long enough to spit at one […]... [Read More]

First-Degree Murder Charges Filed Against Tampa Man After Allegedly Boasting of Twin Killing During Hold-Up of Smoke Shop

A Tampa Palms eighteen-year-old is being held without bond after allegedly leading police detectives to the bodies of two murdered men he earlier claimed to have killed during a hold-up at a nearby smoke shop. Devon Shaun Ryan “Khalid” Arthurs […]... [Read More]

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]