TAMPA — Prosecutors announced Monday that they will seek the death penalty against Andre R. Watkins, the man accused of killing a teenager and wounding two men in a Feb. 12 shooting rampage in northwest Hillsborough.
Authorities said Watkins sprayed bullets in the Plantation subdivision, killing 19-year-old Alyssa Marie Aracich as she sat in a car.
From there, he went to another home in Plantation and shot Areil Love, 27, in the stomach, sending him to a hospital in critical condition, deputies said.
Deputies said Watkins then drove to a BP station at 5919 W Linebaugh Ave. and shot 57-year-old store clerk Akbar Alwani.
Watkins initially refused the services of a public defender, saying he would hire his own attorney.
But at Monday's hearing, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Daniel Sleet allowed that attorney, Dominic Fariello, to withdraw from the first-degree murder case.
Sleet appointed the Public Defender's Office to represent Watkins.
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