Man found not guilty in brother-in-law's death

CLEARWATER

Brother-in-law not guilty in man's death

Amid shouts of anger and jumps for joy, a jury Thursday night found William Donahue not guilty of second-degree murder in the September death of his brother-in-law. Donahue, 22, was charged after Joshua Goodin plunged to his death from a third-floor balcony at the Sea Stone Resort on Clearwater Beach on Sept. 11, 2007. At the time, Donahue was an Air Force Airman 1st Class stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He now lives in Lithia Springs, according to court records. Prosecutors and witnesses, including family members, said Donahue and Goodin, 25, of Tampa had been fighting, but witnesses differed on the details. That was one reason to acquit Donahue, defense attorney Gail Conolly said. "We have so many different versions of that night," she said, "there has to be a reasonable doubt."

Beach garage gets 1-month extension

Is that south beach parking garage ever going to get built? The City Council on Thursday night gave Chase Real Estate a one-month extension to continue working with property owners to secure a parcel of land for the project for no more than $5-million. An agent with the group had worked out a plan to assemble five pieces of property near the split of Coronado and Hamden drives, but they amounted to only 0.71 acres. Building a 300-space parking garage there would require a five-story structure. Council members were thinking more along the lines of a three-story garage. So it's back to the drawing board.

Correction

Sherri Lynn Ventresca, who is accused of fraud and theft, sold her home on Greywood Avenue in Tarpon Springs in June and most recently lived in Borden, Ind., according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. A story Friday listed the wrong address.

Clarification

In an interview July 9, Sue Geier of Tarpon Springs said that regardless of Tarpon Springs High School's D FCAT grade, she would work to make the school an "A" experience for her daughter by following her course of study closely. When parents are involved, she said, it benefits not only their children, but others as well. A story on July 10 did not include those points.

Pinellas deaths

Andrews, John C.

Batista, Rose Marie

Burger, William Frederick

Byerly, Imogene (Cassidy)

Cohen, Laura

D'Arezzo, Albert

Deadmon, Mary Mellott

Douvlos, John

Durham, Charles M. Sr.

Fry, Donald L.

Hamilton, Creighton M.

Hammond, Willo F.

Jeswani, Dharamdas

Menendez, Arlene

Oliphant, Charles W. Jr.

Payne, Barbara

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Man found not guilty in brother-in-law's death 07/18/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:25pm]

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