St. Petersburg man found guilty in Christmas 2011 murder

LARGO — A St. Petersburg man has been found guilty of murder in the case of a 42-year-old woman whose body was found in Lake Maggiore on Christmas Day 2011.

Darryl "Rico" Williams, 37, was convicted Friday and sentenced to life in prison. Williams was one of three defendants who was convicted in the death of Stacia Berman. The other two men were convicted last year and also given life sentences.

Authorities have said Berman, 42, a former real estate broker who had become addicted to cocaine, visited an apartment at 527 Eighth St. N. At some point, one of the men in the house came to believe Berman had stolen shoes he was planning to give his children the next morning as Christmas presents. A brutal attack followed.

Authorities have said Berman was beaten and burned with an iron. Bleach was poured on her body and in her mouth.

St. Petersburg man found guilty in Christmas 2011 murder 03/01/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:12pm]

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