Violent Crimes

Tampa Man Charged with Stabbing Death of Father

A Tampa man was arrested early this morning after authorities allege that he stabbed his father to death. Da’Mon Timothy Rashaad Larry was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail at half past four this morning and is being held without […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Brothers’ First-Degree Murder Case Goes to Jury

A Pinellas county jury began deliberating the fate of two St. Petersburg brothers earlier today. The defense rested after making its closing arguments in the first-degree murder trial of Shirune and Gregory Green, both of whom are on trial for […]... [Read More]

Wise Wins Acquittal in Lakeland Murder Case

A Polk County jury acquitted a Lakeland man defended by J. Jervis Wise last month on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery in relation to the shooting death of an auto mechanic and alleged drug dealer in 2008. Kaheem […]... [Read More]

Sentenced to Life, Brunvand Wins Greenwood Man’s Freedom from Prison

Corey Rocker turned eighteen in prison, convicted of a murder in which he never touched the weapon used in it. He turned twenty one and twenty five there, too, and marked his twenty-sixth birthday there this spring, knowing nothing but […]... [Read More]

Confession in 1987 Murder Cited in Motion to Set Aside Sentence of Man Convicted of the Slaying

Leo Schofield was convicted of murdering his wife and sentenced to life in prison in 1989. Almost three decades later another man has come forward claiming responsibility for the murder and has filed a motion with the relevant court asking […]... [Read More]

Flak Jacket Test Leads to Manslaughter Charge Against Tampa Man

One man is dead and his cousin is in jail after a test to determine whether a flak jacket could stop a bullet went tragically as expected. According to Tampa police, twenty-four year old Alexandro Garibaldi fired a single shot […]... [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]

Counties that Use Death Penalty the Most are Fraught with Error and Misconduct: Harvard Law Study

A recent study by Harvard Law School finds that, although death sentences have dropped nationwide, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are among an exceedingly small group where capital punishment is apparently bucking the trend. The report, entitled “Too Broken to Fix: […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Prosecutors Drop First-Degree Murder Charges in 2014 Homicide

A Clearwater man charged in the murder of a woman whose body was found near the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail was released on Friday after prosecutors dropped the charges against him. Dewayne Jones, who turned 20 almost two months ago […]... [Read More]

Suspect in 2010 Slaying Arrested in Mexico

A man on the run from Hillsborough County authorities for almost six years was apprehended in Matamoros, Mexico by officials from the Department of Homeland Security last week. Mario Sanchez Mercado, 27, was apprehended by Mexican authorities in the city […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Charged After Alleged Road Rage Incident

A Tampa man is facing charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after an alleged road rage incident on Thursday. Authorities allege that 29-year-old Ezekiel Henson was involved in an altercation with a group of motorcyclists on N Nebraska […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man On the Run After Allegedly Slaying Mother of Three

An alleged murderer is still at large today after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say that he shot and killed his girlfriend and wounded another man who attempted to intervene. Antelmo Ontiveros, 28, allegedly fatally shot his girlfriend, Banesa Martinez Herrera, […]... [Read More]

Seven Hundred Seventy-Seven Days

Derral had lost all hope. For seven-hundred seventy-seven days he sat in a windowless six foot by nine foot cell all day, every day.  His world was confined by three walls of cinder block and one of steel bars. There were […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Unintentional Shooting

This week, Larry Jay Reed was sentenced to 15 years in prison plus five years of probation in the 2010 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Anastasia Boyd. A jury found Reed guilty of manslaughter after trial this spring. Prosecutors […]... [Read More]

Brunvand to Represent Delmer Smith in Hearing Seeking New Trial

As reported this week in the Bradenton Herald, Delmer Smith will once again be in a Manatee County courtroom next week, seeking a new trial for his murder conviction in the slaying of Kathleen Briles. Bjorn Brunvand of this office […]... [Read More]