Florida

Criminal law news and events throughout the state of Florida

Jacksonville Man Sentenced to Death for 2013 Rape and Murder of Child

A Jacksonville man was sentenced to pay the ultimate price last week after a Duval County jury convicted him of rape and murder. In February, Donald James Smith was convicted in the 2013 rape and murder of Cherish Perrywinkle, an […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Felony Murder After Allegedly Attempting to Run Down Indian Shores Officer

Police say a St. Petersburg man attempted to run down a police officer with his car last week, prompting the officer to fire at him prior to being struck. Stephan Jon Weekley was apprehended after a sizable manhunt earlier last […]... [Read More]

Tampa Sexagenarian Charged with First-Degree Murder in Suspected September Slaying

Previously in jail for unrelated drug charges, a Tampa man was re-arrested last week and charged with murder in connection with the death of an Osceola County woman. Tampa police say James Leon “Bo” Jackson is the culprit responsible for […]... [Read More]

New DNA Evidence Leads to Release of Man Sentenced to Life for 2001 Murder

DNA evidence was the key that unlocked the door of a Florida prison cell for a man who served 17 years for a murder he maintains he didn’t commit. Last Tuesday evening Dwight “D.D.” DuBose was released from Hillsborough County […]... [Read More]

Riverview Man Facing Murder Charges after Cannabis Sale Allegedly Turns Deadly

Hillsborough County authorities say a drug deal gone wrong led to a fatal shooting earlier this month for which a Riverview man is now facing murder charges. Deputies say social media connected Samuel Shane Morrissey, Jr. and Grover Willis on […]... [Read More]

Man Charged with Two Counts of DUI Manslaughter Has History of DUI Convictions in Florida

Troopers of the Florida Highway Patrol say a man who allegedly killed a motorcyclist and rider earlier this month has a pair of prior convictions for drunk driving in his past. On the evening of April 15, Kerry “Jason” Webb […]... [Read More]

Minnesota Woman Accused of Killing Bradenton Woman While Fleeing from Another Murder Investigation Apprehended in South Texas

A woman who allegedly killed a Florida woman to attempt to assume her identity while on the lam from another murder investigation involving her husband was apprehended in Texas last week. When David Riess’s body was discovered in Minnesota in […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Sentenced to Life for 2015 Murder He Allegedly Committed at Age 17

A Tampa man who was a minor when he allegedly killed a classmate will spend the rest of his natural life in a Florida prison after a Hillsborough County jury found him guilty of first-degree murder. Tampa authorities say the […]... [Read More]

Former CareerSource Employee Charged with Stealing Thousands of Dollars From Gift Cards

St. Petersburg officials say a well-tenured employee of the county’s jobs agency stole thousands of dollars in gift cards from the agency for her own personal use. Danielle Robertson stands accused by Pinellas County prosecutors of stealing $6,700 from gift […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Arrested on Courthouse Steps to Face Second-Degree Murder Charge

Within moments of leaving a Hillsborough County courtroom on a related charge of evidence tampering, a Tampa man was cuffed and hustled back to the county jail to face second-degree murder charges. Tyler Chase Bardin is accused by Hillsborough County […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Firefighter Allegedly Asleep At the Wheel Arrested for Drunk Driving

A Clearwater firefighter found himself arrested on suspicion of drunk driving last week after a passer-by alerted authorities to a motorist apparently unresponsive at the wheel. Pinellas authorities received reports in the early evening of April 10 that a man […]... [Read More]

Spring Hill Man Sentenced to Life for Slaying of Wheelchair-Bound Octogenarian in 2015

The first of four men charged in the murder of a wheelchair-bound octogenarian was sentenced to life in prison late last week, with the jury deliberating slightly more than an hour on the case. Allegedly acting upon information he received […]... [Read More]

St. Pete Man Charged with Felony Murder After Deadly Altercation in Roser Park

St. Petersburg Police say an argument at a local establishment turned deadly when a man introduced a semi-automatic rifle into the mix. Authorities allege an altercation began at an establishment suspected by some in the Historic Roser Park neighborhood as […]... [Read More]

Tampa Authorities Say Errant Spit Leads to Road-Rage Murder

Authorities say that an altercation that started with a careless spit escalated into a fatal road-rage incident on Fowler Avenue last week. Witnesses told Tampa police that the situation began when Gilbert Serna, the passenger in a truck driven by […]... [Read More]

Tampa Man Accused in Fatal Hit-and-Run Never Issued License to Drive in Florida

Hillsborough County authorities say a man suspected of leaving the scene of a deadly car accident on St. Patrick’s Day has never had a proper driver’s license in the state of Florida. Tampa police say Tracy Evereth Wood was driving […]... [Read More]