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Hillsborough murder suspects pictured at nightclub

TAMPA — Two Hillsborough County murder cases intersected this week when a teen suspect had his bail revoked for going clubbing with a man who soon became a suspect in another murder.

Law enforcement officers appeared at a bail hearing on Tuesday to a show the judge a photo taken at a nightclub showing Khayri McCray — already the suspect in a Riverview graduation party shooting — posing with Charles Waits — soon to become a suspect in the slaying of two South Tampa teens.

McCray wasn't supposed to be at a nightclub because his bail agreement called for a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. And he wasn't supposed to be with Waits, whose name appears on the prosecution's witness list in McCray's trial beginning Sept. 12, according to McCray's attorney, Alex Stavrou.

Witnesses identified McCray as the shooter at a May 2010 graduation party in a Riverview rental hall. Deputies said the party, meant for 75, swelled to a crowd of 300 and a fight broke out. McCray got hit in the nose and fired shots that killed 18-year-old Durant High senior Devante Lamar Dallas and injured De Ron Richardson, 21, and chaperone Jeffrey Thomas, 42, deputies said.

McCray was released on $200,000 bail Jan. 1, records show. Stavrou told the St. Petersburg Times the bullets from a gun authorities had connected to McCray didn't match ones fired at the party.

Stavrou said the prosecution alleged Tuesday that, despite the curfew restriction, his client went to Club Manilla in Ybor City and Club Underground in Tampa the night the photo was taken with Waits.

Waits, one of two suspects in the home-invasion shooting that killed 16-year-old Kiara and 13-year-old Jeremi Brito on June 5, is now in a Hillsborough County jail. He turned himself in June 6 after police issued a warrant.

Stavrou said he heard from police that McCray may have helped authorities find a murder weapon in that case.

A judge set McCray's new bail at $250,000.

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