Pinellas County

Pinellas County, Florida criminal law news and events

DNA Leads to Arrest in Clearwater Murder Case

A 23-year-old Clearwater man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Adrianne Robert earlier this month. Thomas Frederick is also charged with stealing Robert’s car after the murder. Robert was found dead by her roommate early July […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Sheriff Announces Crackdown on Synthetic Marijuana

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced a plan to aggressively enforce Florida’s newly expanded ban on many of the chemicals found in “synthetic marijuana.” He acknowledged, however, the difficulty in fighting the drugs because manufacturers frequently tweak their formulas to […]... [Read More]

Former Tampa Middle School Principal Charged in Double Homicide

Anthony Giancola, ex-principal of Tampa’s Van Buren Middle School, has been charged with killing two people and injuring nine others in Pinellas County last week. He was charged with two counts of first degree murder and four counts of attempted […]... [Read More]

Lutz Doctor Sent to Prison for Illegal Oxycodone Distribution

Sanjeev Grover, a Lutz physician, was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for distributing the painkiller oxycodone outside the scope of his practice. Grover also was ordered to relinquish his medical license with the state and his […]... [Read More]

Hearing Granted in Pinellas Babysitter Manslaughter Case

As reported in the Tampa Bay Times, a Pinellas-Pasco judge granted a hearing for Stephanie Spurgeon to determine if there is evidence to support a dismissal or new trial in a manslaughter case pending against her. Spurgeon, a Palm Harbor […]... [Read More]

Clearwater Man Charged with DUI with Child in Car

Salvador Rojo Medina was charged this weekend in Clearwater with driving while intoxicated. Clearwater police first alerted to Rojo Medina’s car when he reportedly threw a beer can out the window of his truck window while driving eastbound on Sunset […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Seeks Federal Civil Rights Investigation of Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

As reported in the Tampa Bay Times, five Tampa Bay area defense lawyers, including Bjorn Brunvand of this office, are seeking a federal civil rights investigation of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office over allegations that narcotics detectives have trespassed and […]... [Read More]

Intent Key to Defense in Trial of Teen Accused of Killing St. Petersburg Police Officer

Nicholas Lindsey’s defense attorneys admit that their client shot and killed  St. Petersburg police Officer David S. Crawford. The Tampa Bay Times looked at the teenager’s trial defense strategy this week, talking with several local defense attorneys including Bjorn Brunvand. […]... [Read More]

Pinellas Marijuana Case Dismissed After Allegations of Investigator Misconduct

As reported in the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week, dozens of Pinellas County marijuana cases are being reconsidered and possibly dismissed amid allegations that narcotics deputies trespassed and lied to gather evidence. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday […]... [Read More]

Palm Harbor Day Care Provider Avoids First-Degree Murder Conviction

As reported in the Tampa Bay Times last month, former Palm Harbor day care provider Stephanie Spurgeon was acquitted of first-degree murder and convicted of a lesser offense, manslaughter, subsequent to the death of 1-year-old Maria Harris in August 2008. […]... [Read More]

St. Petersburg Man Charged with Selling Marijuana to High School Students

Officers with the St. Petersburg Police street crimes unit arrested Lemon James Lane this week after receiving a tip that he was dealing marijuana to students at Boca Ciega High School. According to law enforcement, students were leaving during the […]... [Read More]

Brunvand Defending Pinellas Day Care Owner in First-Degree Murder Case

As reported by the Tampa Bay Times and Channel 8 News, the Pinellas County murder trial of Stephanie Spurgeon began last week. Ms. Spurgeon is being defended by attorneys Bjorn Brunvand and Ron Kurpiers. Ms. Spurgeon is a former Palm […]... [Read More]

DUI Manslaughter Charges Filed in 2009 Pinellas Crash

Two and a half years after the August 2009 car crash that killed Leigh Ann Hallett and Robert Hallett of New Port Richey, 27-year-old Michelle Marie Jensen was charged with DUI manslaughter and arrested. After being booked into the Pinellas […]... [Read More]

Bond Denied for Two Men Charged in Pinellas Murders

Brothers Isidro and Carlos Jones were denied bond in a newly filed murder charge against them in Pinellas County Circuit Court. The brothers are charged with killing Zorana Lebedic in Clearwater back in September as she rode her bicycle home […]... [Read More]

Trial in St. Petersburg Shooting Ends with Plea to Reduced Charge

As reported in the St. Petersburg Times last week, Phillip J. Peterson and his attorney Bjorn Brunvand of this office reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in the midst of his trial for second-degree murder. Peterson was accused of shooting […]... [Read More]