Violent Crimes

Tampa Man Charged in Busch Gardens Motel Slaying

A Tampa man with a significant history in the Florida prison system was arrested last week, accused of a shooting death at a Busch Gardens hotel. Tampa police arrested Christopher Lee Carithers in front of an East Tampa residence on […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Murder After Domestic Dispute and Day-Long Police Search

Authorities say a domestic dispute led to murder last Tuesday, requiring the services of the sheriff department’s tactical team to aid in the search that led to his ultimate apprehension. Officers of the St. Petersburg Police did not describe the […]... [Read More]

Seminole Woman Charged with Murder After Allegedly Stabbing Husband to Death

Evidently developing a rage that turned murderous, a Seminole woman was arrested late last week after authorities say she plunged a knife into her husband’s chest, killing him. Fifty-one-year-old Mary Georgia Pender-Michielson of unincorporated Seminole dialed 9-1-1 early Monday morning […]... [Read More]

Florida Schedules First Execution Since Early 2016

After months of legal and legislative maneuvering, the state of Florida has scheduled the first execution since January 2016. Mark James Asay was scheduled last week to be put to death at 6 P.M. on August 24 in Florida’s death […]... [Read More]

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]