Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

Man Charged with Pinellas County DUI Manslaughter

William Dion McClendon was arrested last week and charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, relating to a fatal January 2012 collision in Pinellas Park. A warrant was issued last May for McClendon but it took 10 months for police […]... [Read More]

Pasco County Man Charged with DUI After Clearwater Crash

Randall Fowler of Holiday, Florida in Pasco County, faces a DUI charge after crashing his pickup truck into a house in Clearwater. He was caught by neighbors as he tried to run away, according to police. Law enforcement said Fowler […]... [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]

Pinellas Jury Continues to Deliberate in Capital Murder Trial

The Pinellas Country capital murder trial of Ralph “Ron” Wright Jr. continues this week, the fourth week of trial. The case was submitted to the jury for deliberation and jurors in the trial deliberated for 12 hours before recessing for […]... [Read More]

DNA Challenged in St. Petersburg Double Murder Case

In July 2007, Paula O’Conner and her 15-month-old son, Alijah, were murdered in their St. Petersburg home. Detectives later found a left-handed black glove — covered inside and out with DNA — was found on a couch near her front […]... [Read More]

Dunedin Mortgage Broker Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud

Bruno Skoczynski, a 36-year-old mortgage broker from Dunedin, was sentenced this month by a Tampa federal court to two years in prison. Skoczynski owned E-Value Mortgage Services and E-Value Title Services. He pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud conspiracy charges in […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Woman Sentenced to Year in Prison for Student Loan Fraud

Shaneva Boyd of Clearwater was sentenced earlier this month to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for participating in a conspiracy to commit federal student financial aid fraud. The federal court […]... [Read More]

Palm Harbor Man Accused of Tax Fraud

Carlos Oscar Johnson of Palm Harbor was arrested last week by federal Internal Revenue Service agents and accused in a federal complaint of filing more than 200 fraudulent tax returns. He is accused of stealing at least $1.7 million from […]... [Read More]

Mentally Ill Pinellas Teen Charged with First-Degree Murder

Eighteen-year-old Benjamin K. Bishop of Oldsmar was charged this weekend in Pinellas County with killing his mother and her boyfriend in their Oldsmar home. He faces two counts of first-degree murder. According to the sheriff’s report, Bishop has a history […]... [Read More]

Mental Competence Challenged in St. Petersburg Murder Case

Bradley Bolden is accused of killing a private security officer at a St. Petersburg apartment complex last year. The officer was found shot dead near the apartment pool and tennis courts. Lawyers are now arguing over whether Bolden may be […]... [Read More]

St. Peterburg Woman Charged with DUI, Child Neglect in Parked Car

Barbara Brummette, of St. Petersburg, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and child neglect after Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies allegedly discovered her over the weekend, passed out in her car. Though the car was parked and […]... [Read More]

Charges Upgraded from Manslaughter to Second-Degree Murder in St. Pete Death

Scott Greenberg was originally charged with manslaughter relating to the death of his girlfriend earlier this week but the charges have now been upgraded. He told police he had accidentally choked Jennifer Zale  to death while they were having sex […]... [Read More]

Three Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Pinellas Park Fisherman

Thirty-nine-year-old David Rhea, a commercial fisherman from Pinellas Park, was shot and killed in his home last May. Three men then demanded money from Rhea’s mother and fled the residence. Cody Dials, Randy White and Zachary Perrine have now been […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Park Man Charged with First-Degree Murder of Girlfriend

Luis Antonio Santiago was charged this weekend with the first-degree murder of his girlfriend, Belinda Joyce Thomas, in Pinellas Park. A friend reported that Santiago, smelling of alcohol and crying, pounded on his door and confessed to the killing. The […]... [Read More]

Local Man Sentenced to More than 40 Years in Prison for St. Petersburg DUI Manslaughter

A Pinellas County Circuit Court judge sentenced Demetrius Jordan this week to over 40 years in prison for DUI manslaughter, related to the deaths of four men on Aug. 1, 2010. Shortly after midnight on that date, Jordan, who was […]... [Read More]