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In Tarpon Springs, cache of weapons and ammo found in murder suspect's home

TARPON SPRINGS — Police executing a search warrant at the home of George S. Georgiou, who is accused of gunning down his grandparents in their home in January, found a huge cache of weapons and ammunition, according to a search warrant released Thursday.

Tarpon Springs police searched the home Tuesday night as Georgiou was being interviewed at police headquarters.

He was arrested that night and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and arson. He is being held in the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

Georgiou is accused of fatally shooting his father's parents, Steve Georgiou, 83, and Flora Georgiou, 78, in their house at 504 Chesapeake Drive early on the morning of Jan. 4. George S. Georgiou, 22, lived with his parents at nearby 764 Chesapeake Drive.

On Tuesday, police seized 13 guns and more than 16,500 rounds of ammunition at the home.

The Georgious, who owned a boat repair company and a deep-sea fishing party boat at the Sponge Docks, were shot with two guns, a .25-caliber and a .22-caliber. Police found three .25-caliber and two .22-caliber weapons at the house, but it is unclear if any of them are believed to be the murder weapons.

They also seized "assorted journals," a laptop computer, a ledger book and three boxes of matches. Police said this week that a match found at the home had George S. Georgiou's DNA on it, though he told police he had never taken matches into the home and hadn't even been there since December.

The couple was found by firefighters who responded to a report of a fire at the house around 6 a.m. Police said they believe Georgiou set the fire to cover up the murders.

Part of the search warrant was sealed.

"There is information we don't want to make public at this point because it is an active investigation," said Tarpon Springs police spokesman Jeff Young.

Georgiou told police that he went to his grandparents' home to force them to pay his father, George M. Georgiou, 57, money they owed him, because the family was having financial trouble, the reports show. Their home was in foreclosure.

He also said "he thought it would be cool to kill someone," according to the reports.

In Tarpon Springs, cache of weapons and ammo found in murder suspect's home 03/18/11 [Last modified: Friday, March 18, 2011 9:58pm]
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