The suspect within the 4 current Seminole Heights murders is predicted to reply to the fees introduced towards him.
Nevertheless, Howell Donaldson III won’t seem in courtroom Tuesday.
The proceedings are a formality and with Donaldson waiving his proper to seem for this arraignment, his lawyer will enter a written plea with the courtroom.
And that plea possible can be not responsible.
“His legal professionals have an obligation to carry the State of Florida to their duty to show each component past and to the exclusion of each affordable doubt,” stated Bay Information 9 authorized analyst Kevin Hayslett, who is just not concerned on this case. “After which if they will, to offer mitigating elements for a jury of his friends to guage whether or not or not this case is worthy of a life sentence or a demise sentence.”
Hayslett added a not responsible plea would purchase Donaldson’s lawyer extra time to look into attainable defenses and discover out if any key proof may be disputed.
The case towards Donaldson is all circumstantial at this level. He was indicted on all 4 murders final week based mostly on:
- Proudly owning a gun of the identical caliber loaded with the identical sort of bullets utilized in all 4 murders.
- Having garments with blood stains on them in his automotive.
- And having location data on his cellphone placing him at or close to the scene of no less than three of the 4 murders.
- Tampa police chief: “We obtained the killer”
It might take months for the checks to be achieved on the gun and garments earlier than any of that may be tied on to the murders.
And the difficulty of Donaldson III’s mother and father and attainable contempt fees stays. Howell Donaldson Jr. and his spouse Rosita should return to courtroom on Jan. 5 to both reply questions pertaining to their son or clarify why they can not and face potential jail time.
Up to now, Donaldson III’s attorneys have given no indication any type of deal is within the works which will take strain off his mother and father.
Seminole Heights residents and Tampa police had been on edge since Oct. 9, when 22-yr-previous Benjamin Mitchell was shot to demise. Two days later, 32-yr-previous Monica Hoffa was slain. And on Oct. 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was killed after taking the improper bus house from his new job. On Nov. 14, 60-yr-previous Ronald Felton was killed.