LARGO — A judge decided today that 18-year-old Benjamin K. Bishop should be held without bail in connection with the fatal shooting of his mother and her boyfriend.
Pinellas Judge Robert Dittmer, in a Monday afternoon court hearing, also ordered the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender's Office to represent Bishop on charges of first-degree murder. The teenager is accused of killing the couple early Sunday in their Oldsmar home.
Pinellas Sheriff's officials said Bishop used a shotgun to shoot and kill his mother Imari Shibata, 49, a nursing assistant; and her boyfriend Kelley Allen, 49, who was a popular swim coach.
Authorities say Bishop, who is unemployed, has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He reportedly had been arguing with his mother because she wanted him to take his medicine, get a job and start paying rent.