Deputies charge felon in Riverview man's killing

RIVERVIEW — Less than 24 hours after David Douglas Briell III was shot in his home, deputies said they arrested his killer.

Adonius P. Bailey, 32, of Tampa was arrested at his home Thursday afternoon.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said he had gone to Briell's home, 12230 Dawn Vista Drive in Riverview, with a woman who went in to see Briell.

When the woman didn't come back out soon enough, Bailey went inside, found her in a bedroom with Briell and shot him several times, deputies said.

He then kicked in the bedroom door of Briell's roommate and ordered him to not move. The roommate called 911 after Bailey left, deputies said.

The connection between the woman, Bailey and Briell remains unclear, deputies said.

Neighbors said they didn't know Briell by name, but knew what he was like.

He was big, tall and ripped. He spent time at the beach. He often left his garage door open as he lifted weights inside. He was friendly, said hello to kids on the block. He mostly kept to himself.

Albert Moore was home a few houses away when the shooting happened. Moore said he didn't hear or see anything unusual. He said Briell was friendly and used to jog around the neighborhood.

Neighbor Arema Brosnatch said she has lived there for eight years and often saw Briell working out. His death shocked her.

"I've never seen anything like that, ever," Brosnatch said. "It's just scary."

State criminal records show Briell was a 6-1, 220-pound mechanic in 2008 when he was arrested in Hillsborough for withholding information to obtain prescription drugs from a doctor. He was accepted into a pretrial diversion program.

Bailey has a history of multiple arrests in the county. He was convicted of trafficking in cocaine, drug possession and lewd and lascivious conduct. He was released from prison in 2005 and is a registered sex offender, according to state records.

Bailey was charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and armed burglary with a battery or assault.

Times staff writer Danny Valentine and researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Deputies charge felon in Riverview man's killing 10/14/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 11:55pm]

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