Violent Crimes

Riverview Man Accused of Slaying Mother on Her Birthday

A Riverview man is in jail today, accused of brutally killing his mother on her birthday. Joshua Leon Carmona was arrested last Tuesday after Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies say he beat his mother with a baseball bat before delivering the […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Successfully Motions for Resentencing in 2008 Murder Conviction

A Pasco County judge ordered a new penalty phase for a man on Florida’s Death Row last week based upon a motion for relief filed by Bjorn Brunvand. Senior Judge William Webb granted the order for resentencing in favor of […]... [Read More]

Homeowner Allegedly Shoots Two Brothers, Killing One, at Gathering in Seffner

Authorities say a gathering at a mobile home in Seffner turned deadly last Wednesday after they responded to a 9-1-1 call placed by the man they allege to have shot two other people. Martin Alfred Johnson placed a call to […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged in 2015 Slaying

St. Petersburg Police arrested a man they allege was involved in the killing of a teenager in the course of a robbery of his home in 2015. Jesse Paul Greene was taken into custody last week after an investigation that […]... [Read More]

New Hearing Granted to Prisoner After Another Confesses to 1987 Murder

After being sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder almost three decades ago, a man convicted of a Polk county murder has been given the chance to put new evidence before a court that he and his attorneys believe […]... [Read More]

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]