Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Teenager accused of shooting St. Petersburg Police officer to face trial in two months

LARGO — All signs point toward a March 19 trial for the teenager accused of murdering St. Petersburg Police officer David S. Crawford nearly a year ago.

At a pretrial hearing on Thursday for Nicholas Lindsey, defense attorneys Dyril Flanagan and Frank McDermott said they are proceeding with plans to conduct depositions, evaluate cell phone evidence and have Lindsey evaluated by a mental health expert.

Assistant State Attorney James Hellickson expressed concern that it had taken some time to schedule the mental health evaluation, and asked for another hearing to make sure everything was staying on schedule. The attorneys and Lindsey are scheduled to return to court Feb. 16.

But there was no suggestion that either side will ask for extra time before the scheduled March 19 trial date.

Police say last Feb. 21, Lindsey encountered Crawford as the officer investigated a complaint about a suspicious person. Lindsey is accused of pulling out a semiautomatic weapon and shooting four times.

The weapon has not been found.

Lindsey was picked up the next day and confessed to the shooting, according to a videotaped statement. His attorneys unsuccessfully argued the confession should not be used in the trial.

Lindsey, who turns 17 next month, is being tried as an adult. If convicted of first-degree murder, he would be sentenced to life in prison. Prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty because of his age.

Teenager accused of shooting St. Petersburg Police officer to face trial in two months 01/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 26, 2012 5:39pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Spacewalking astronauts pull off urgent repairs at International Space Station (w/video)


    CAPE CANAVERAL — Spacewalking astronauts completed urgent repairs at the International Space Station on Tuesday, replacing equipment that failed three days earlier and restoring a backup for a vital data-relay system.

    In this NASA provided frame from video, NASA astronaut Jack Fischer works to install antennas at the International Space Station while astronaut Peggy Whitson, not pictured, works on repairs Tuesday, May 23, 2017. [NASA via AP]
  2. Forecast: Severe storms, gusty winds for Tampa Bay as cold front arrives Wednesday


    Muggy and dry conditions will prevail across the Tampa Bay region ahead of a cold front that could produce gusty winds and potentially severe storms late Wednesday.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  3. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Cobb leading the way


    Rays veteran RHP Alex Cobb had a lot to say Monday about the team needing to focus on getting past .500 and building a winning record.

    And after the disappointing 3-2 loss that …

    Alex Cobb will start tonight when the Rays play the Angels.
  4. Tampa murder suspect told police he wanted to stop neo-Nazi roommates from committing acts of domestic terrorism


    TAMPA — After he admitted to shooting two roommates and led police to their dead bodies, Devon Arthurs said he committed the killings to prevent the pair from carrying out terrorist acts, a prosecutor wrote in a court filing.

    Devon Arthurs, 18, told police  he shared neo-Nazi beliefs with his roommates, Jeremy Himmelman and Andrew Oneschuk, until he converted to Islam, according to a police report.
[Tampa Police]
  5. Pinellas School Board approves plan that aims to close achievement gap


    After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Pinellas County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that aims to tackle the achievement gap in 10 years and settles a long-running lawsuit over the education of …

    "I'm an optimist. I think this is going to work," Pinellas School Board member Linda Lerner said Tuesday after the board was presented with a plan that aims to settle a long-running lawsuit over the education of black students and close the achievement gap. The board voted 7-0 to approve the plan. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]