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Fourth suspect arrested in grisly Brandon murder

BRANDON — After Robert Brewer was stabbed in a bedroom, beaten in a bathroom and set on fire in a trash bin outside, the mom of one of the suspects helped clean up the blood, deputies said Tuesday.

She was in the apartment when he was stabbed, they said. So was her toddler son.

Hours after two men stabbed Brewer in the Brandon apartment May 3, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said, they asked Rosanna Dimauro, 38, for cleaning supplies. She gave them bleach and rags.

On Monday, deputies charged Dimauro with accessory after the fact to murder, the same charge her son, David Link, 18, faces. She remains in jail without bail.

Deputies said Dimauro's 3-year-old son was home during the murder. He is in foster care now, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

Deputies say that Link, Brendan Terry and Kasey Ackerman met Brewer, 26, of Valrico at the Westfield Brandon mall. They brought him to the apartment to take painkillers and Xanax.

Later that night, Ackerman and Terry, both 20, stabbed and beat Brewer, tossed him in a trash bin outside, poured gasoline on him and set him on fire, according to an affidavit.

Ackerman and Terry are jailed on first-degree murder charges.

Deputies say that Link helped carry Brewer to the trash bin and went with an unnamed witness to buy the gasoline, according to court records.

Dimauro is about twice the age of the three young men she lived with in her apartment. Some say she was dating Ackerman, who spent much of his childhood in foster care.

In recent years, friends say, the men had spent time on the streets, staying in motel rooms when they had enough money from panhandling. But with Dimauro, they had shelter they could count on.

Link's father, James Link, says Dimauro was never much of a mother. She is addicted to cocaine, he said, and she couldn't care for her son, who moved in with her when he turned 16.

When that happened, David Link stopped attending school and his drug use increased, James Link said.

Dimauro was convicted of cocaine distribution in 1992 and has been arrested in Hillsborough County several times since then, including May 4, a day after the killing, when deputies charged her with possession of ecstasy.

She spent four days in jail on that charge before she was freed on bail.

While in jail, she admitted taking a lounge chair from her apartment and putting it in a nearby vacant apartment, the Sheriff's Office said.

In that apartment, investigators say they found a blue reclining chair soaked with blood.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

Fourth suspect arrested in grisly Brandon murder 05/18/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 11:22pm]
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