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Man accused of killing Walter 'J.J.' Revear makes first court appearance

TAMPA — A 33-year-old man accused of fatally shooting Walter "J.J." Revear made his first court appearance Thursday, but his attorney asked for more time before seeking bail.

Jimmy Lee Cruz was arrested late Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder.

Police say Revear, who was in and out of prison since he was 12, was shot in the head by Cruz after a fight outside a bar.

Attorney Michael Gonzalez asked Hillsborough Circuit Judge Walter Heinrich to set bail next week.

Cruz's relatives were present for the court appearance but declined to comment.

If convicted, Cruz could be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, Heinrich said.

Man accused of killing Walter 'J.J.' Revear makes first court appearance 05/19/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:57pm]
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