Violent Crimes

Brandon Man Acquitted of Killing Wife’s Lover

We reported here last month that Brandon resident Ralph Wald was on trial for the murder of Walter Conley. Conley was an on-again/off-again lover of Wald’s wife who was shot and killed in Wald’s wife after Wald discovered the two […]... [Read More]

Self-Defense Claimed in Brandon Murder Trial

Seventy-one year old Ralph Wald, a retired Army colonel, retired lawyer and Vietnam veteran, is on trial this week in Tampa for the March 10 killing of Walter Lee Conley, 32. Wald is charged with second-degree murder for shooting Conley […]... [Read More]

Arizona Jury Deadlocked on Death Penalty Decision

In a capital murder trial that has captivated national media for months, an Arizona jury appears to be deadlocked in the determining the recommended penalty against accused murderer Jodi Arias. As of this writing, jurors had deliberated for less than […]... [Read More]

Death Penalty Possible in Seffner Murder and Rape Case

Kenneth Ray Jackson was scheduled to be sentenced this week after having been convicted of raping and killing Cuc Thu Tran, a Seffner mother of three, in 2007. The hearing was rescheduled for June 5. A jury found Jackson guilty […]... [Read More]

Guilty Plea in St. Petersburg First-Degree Murder Case Without Plea Agreement

In a relatively unusual situation, Khadafy Mullens pleaded guilty this week to two charges of first-degree murder. The plea appears to have been made without any sort of plea agreement with the prosecution. A judge will now decide whether Mullens […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Represents Smith in Manatee County “Spencer Hearing”

Earlier this month, criminal defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand of this office represented Delmer Smith in his Manatee County “Spencer hearing”. Smith was convicted of first-degree murder last August. A jury recommended that he be sentenced to death. A judge must […]... [Read More]

Lealman Man Charged with Neighbor’s Murder

Sylvester Johnson, a resident of Palace Mobile Home Park in Lealman, has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his neighbor last week. According to Pinellas County sheriff’s detectives, Johnson went to Unit 447, where William David […]... [Read More]

First-Degree Murder Charges in St. Petersburg Houseboat Deaths

Authorities allege Raynaldo Figueroa-Sanabria stabbed and killed an 75-year-old man and 74-year-old woman on their 72-foot-long houseboat last week in the Loggerhead Marina in St. Petersburg. He has been charged with first-degree murder in Pinellas County. The bodies of John […]... [Read More]

MacDill Airman Charged with Second Degree Murder

A 22-year-old airman first class, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her boyfriend. Last weekend, officers responded to the Coves of Brighton Bay apartment complex after receiving a 911 call […]... [Read More]

Lake Wales Man Not Charged After Shooting Deemed Self-Defense

The body of Joseph M. Coney was discovered earlier this week facedown in a Lake Wales yard at about 4 a.m. Homicide detectives from the Polk County sheriff’s office and Lake Wales police opened a homicide investigation after determining that […]... [Read More]

Arrest Made in Seffner Double Murder

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Charles Anthony Foster of Seffner was charged with the murder of two Seffner roommates last week in a mobile home park near Interstate 4. Foster has been charged with two counts of first-degree […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Woman Sentenced to Life in Prison for Husband’s Murder

Karen Biraghi shot and killed her husband Alan Biraghi as he lay asleep on the couch in their home on Christmas Eve 2011. Hernando Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. recently sentenced Biraghi to life in prison for the murder. […]... [Read More]

Six Year Sentence in Land O’Lakes Shooting Death

Seventeen-year-old Land O’Lakes High School student Dustin Sean White was shot and killed in a parking lot at a party in 2009. His acquaintance who fired the gun pleaded guilty to manslaughter as part of a plea agreement last week. […]... [Read More]

Pinellas County Man Represents Himself in Murder Trial

William Chad Routenberg went through three defense attorneys before advising a Pinellas County court that he would represent himself in a first-degree murder trial. The trial started this week. Routenberg claims admits killing his girlfriend in 2011 but claims it […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Woman Charged with Murder of Infant

Authorities in Pasco County charged Chekayla Dampier with second-degree murder. They accuse Dampier of murdering her 7-week old son last April by holding him under a spout of blistering 142-degree water as a punishment for crying. At the time of […]... [Read More]