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St. Pete Man Charged In One Slaying And Suspect In Second Slaying An Hour Later

A St. Petersburg man is facing a murder charge in one shooting and is the main suspect in a second shooting only an hour later and five blocks away from the first.

Police say they were summoned by a 9-1-1 call placed by a woman living on 13 Ave S. in the pre-dawn hours of August 6. They were greeted at the premises with death in the form of the remains of a 34-year-old man who was apparently shot to death while he slept.

The victim, who was said to be homeless and temporarily living at the residence with his girlfriend, was involved in an argument the prior evening with the 32-year-old suspect over loud music. Witnesses say the suspect left while the eventual victim turned off the music and went to sleep. However, they say the suspect was not satisfied, as he returned to the residence and shot the man as he slept.

A second 9-1-1 call only an hour later led police to the bleeding body of a 39-year-old man lying in the middle of 10th Avenue S. The grievously-wounded man was transported to hospital, where his wounds proved to be mortal. Authorities have released few details regarding this homicide, but it is understood that the man charged with the earlier murder is the prime suspect in this killing as well.

The suspect was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a single count of first-degree murder. He continues to be held in custody without bond.

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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