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St. Pete Man Facing Murder Charges After Allegedly Hitting Pedestrian With Stolen Car

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A St. Petersburg man with a long juvenile record of stealing luxury cars is now facing a murder charge after his most recent alleged car theft led to death.

Per police, the 21-year-old man was driving a stolen white Infiniti on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S at a high rate of speed just past midnight on July 15 when he approached a woman standing in the street next to her disabled vehicle near 34th Avenue S.

The man failed to slow his vehicle, according to authorities, and struck the 26-year-old woman, killing her instantly. Meanwhile, the suspect continued on, finally abandoning the stolen vehicle 3 blocks later and fleeing on foot.

The suspect was arrested soon after and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of third-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, grand theft auto, driving without a license and causing death, grand theft firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, and violation of probation. He is currently being held in lieu of a bail of $150,000. Local media indicates he has additional outstanding arrest warrants in addition to a juvenile record for similar charges stretching back almost four years.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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