John Jonchuck formally accused of throwing daughter into Tampa Bay

Published February 13 2015

ST. PETERSBURG -— A grand jury indicted John Jonchuck on a charge of first-degree murder on Friday, said Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett.

The indicted means he is now formally accused of throwing his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe, off a bridge and into Tampa Bay last month. There was no paperwork filed to indicate that prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.

Meanwhile, officials are continuing to evaluate Jonchuck's mental state to see how to proceed. Two evaluations have indicated he is not currently mentally competent, but prosecutors may seek a third. A hearing on that matter has been scheduled for Tuesday.

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