Violent Crimes

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]

Warrant Issued for Suspect in Murder of Clair-Mel Woman

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Tampa man after the battered body of a woman was discovered in a Clair-Mel ditch. On the first day of November an individual riding a horse in the area of […]... [Read More]

Suspect in Wellswood Slaying Captured in Western Louisiana

Detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office have been sent over eight hundred miles to the west to retrieve the prime suspect in a murder committed earlier this week. Forty-three-year-old Keith Earl Davis was apprehended in Sulphur, Louisiana yesterday, mere […]... [Read More]

Holiday Teen to Face Adult Felony-Murder Charges in Alleged Attack Upon Neighbor

A Holiday teenager will be facing adult first-degree felony murder charges, as Pasco County authorities say he battered and robbed a neighbor who died shortly thereafter. Fourteen-year-old Alexander Perez was indicted by a grand jury December 9 for a beating […]... [Read More]

Hillsborough Deputies Wound Two Suspects in Dinnertime Drug Sting at Restaurant

An undercover drug sting during the dinner rush at a local fast-food restaurant went bad Tuesday evening, as Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies shot two suspects, wounding one mildly and the other critically. According to authorities, undercover officers met with the […]... [Read More]

Anonymous Tip Leads to Arrest in 2015 Tampa Murder

Tampa police say they have apprehended the man responsible for the first murder of 2015. According to the police, the arrest is the result of an anonymous tip. Reginald Cortez Bowman IV of Tampa was apprehended just before two o’clock […]... [Read More]

Florida Supreme Court Verdict Again Throws State Capital Punishment Sentencing Laws Into Question

Richard P. Franklin was sentenced to death by a 9-3 vote for a murder he committed in 2012. On Wednesday the Florida Supreme Court sent his case back for resentencing, declaring that a non-unanimous jury recommendation was unconstitutional. Though the […]... [Read More]