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Clearwater man charged with murder in connection with 2012 homicide

Mackeral Shay Crocker, 20, is the second suspect arrested in the November killing of a 58-year-old man in Lealman, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

Mackeral Shay Crocker, 20, is the second suspect arrested in the November killing of a 58-year-old man in Lealman, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

ST. PETERSBURG — A Clearwater man has been charged with first degree murder after he confessed to killing a 58-year-old man in Lealman last November, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Mackeral Shay Crocker, 20, is the second suspect to be arrested in the case. Jaquan L. Pedigo, 18, was arrested a day after David J. Paonessa was shot in his home on Nov. 7 at 2533 68th Ave. N.

Paonessa's wife, Jane Bryant, 66, was injured in the shooting, which the sheriff's office said at the time might have involved drugs. Paonessa had faced numerous drug charges in the last few decades, state records show. Bryant also has a cocaine possession arrest and several theft-related offenses on her criminal record.

The sheriff's office said Crocker confessed when authorities interviewed him on Thursday. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail, and deputies are continuing their investigation.

Times staff writers Dan Sullivan and Laura C. Morel contributed to this report.

Clearwater man charged with murder in connection with 2012 homicide 05/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 8:25am]
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