Violent Crimes

St. Pete Man Charged with Murder After Fatal Stabbing

An argument last week landed one St. Petersburg man in jail facing charges of first-degree murder and another in the morgue. According to authorities, Thomas Peruchi drove to the St. Petersburg home of Trevor Scott last Monday, initially intending only […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Woman Charged with Murder in Deadly Love Triangle

Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest last Thursday in the 2015 slaying that ended an alleged love triangle. Priscilla “Dawn” Houck of St. Petersburg is alleged by authorities to have shot to death the long-time boyfriend […]... [Read More]

Clearwater PD: Couple Hid Body of Alleged Murder Victim for Two Weeks

A Clearwater couple are facing charges relating to the murder of their landlord after authorities say the duo slew her and spent two weeks determining how to dispose of the body. Lawrence Edward Cannon and Jennifer Dianne Elam were arrested […]... [Read More]

Former Jabil Exec’s Death Penalty Trial to Go Forward After Florida Supreme Court Ruling

A Florida Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for a retrial of a former executive at Jabil Circuit, Inc. who is accused of murdering his wife and her friend. Patrick Albert Evans of Saint Petersburg Beach was a vice […]... [Read More]

Ohio Man Sentenced to Life in 1987 Rape and Murder of Lake Alfred Woman

Almost thirty years after the crime was committed, a 67-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of allegedly murdering a Lake Alfred woman. Carl Junior McCauley was sentenced to life in prison in a Polk […]... [Read More]

Former Michigan Police Officer Charged with First-Degree Murder in Alleged Shooting at Oldsmar Bar

A former Michigan law enforcement officer was arrested last Wednesday, accused of shooting to death a cook at an Oldsmar bar and restaurant. Deputies of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office say Brian Paul Mytych shot David Brown early Wednesday morning, […]... [Read More]

Tampa Brothers Charged with Clair-Mel Woman’s Murder

A pair of Tampa brothers have been charged with crimes related to a murder committed last November. Hillsborough County authorities allege that Lewis James Scott, Jr. and his younger brother James Luis “Snoop” Scott are responsible for murdering Clair-Mel’s Evelyn […]... [Read More]

Man Serving Life Since Sixteen Released Under New Sentencing Guidelines

Sentenced to life in prison as a teenager, Floyd Victor LaFountain became a free man on Friday, thanks to a series of Supreme Court decisions regarding sentencing of juveniles. LaFountain was sixteen when he ran away from his home in […]... [Read More]

Retrial Begins for Man Accused of 2013 Murder

Jury selection began on Tuesday in the retrial of a St. Petersburg man whose original first-degree murder trial in 2015 ended in a hung jury. Pinellas county prosecutors say that Oscar Freemond Fowler fired more than twenty rounds into the […]... [Read More]

Suspect in Fatal St. Pete Shooting Surrenders to Police

The main suspect in a fatal shooting turned himself in to officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department last week. Chaz Ezekiel Bynum, of St. Petersburg, was wanted in the slaying of Emmanuel Isaiah Sims. The alleged incident took place […]... [Read More]

Brunvand and Futerman Win Aquittal in Murder Trial of Indian Rocks Beach Teacher

The fact that Cara Alane Ryan fired the fatal shots that spring Saturday in 2015 is not in question. The reason she shot John Joseph “J.J.” Rush is the issue, and a Pinellas County jury took just two hours to […]... [Read More]

Florida Supreme Court Overturns Three Death Sentences

The Florida Supreme Court overturned three death sentences on Thursday, returning the question of the punishment each will endure to a new set of juries. The resentencing is putting into action a decision by the Court last month disallowing death […]... [Read More]

Polk County Inmate Sentenced to Life in Jailer’s Slaying

A man convicted in 2015 for the death of a Polk County detention deputy was given a life sentence Wednesday. Terrence Jerome Barnett was sentenced to life in prison upon the recommendation of a Polk County jury. The jury voted […]... [Read More]

Largo Man Accused of Murder in Fight Over a Woman

A nineteen-year-old Largo man is in custody after police say that he shot and killed another man on New Year’s Eve in an altercation over a female with whom he had a romantic relationship. Jared Tyler Compton is facing first-degree […]... [Read More]

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentences Finalized Prior to Summer of 2002

A term filled with death-penalty rulings sees another such decision, as the Florida Supreme Court handed down a decision retaining the death sentences of almost two hundred prisoners whose sentencing occurred prior to the summer of 2002. Two rulings handed […]... [Read More]