Sunday, June 17, 2018
Public safety

Items seized after Avila killings could help determine motive

TAMPA — Detectives investigating a murder-suicide last week inside an Avila mansion quickly seized items that could help them in their quest to determine a motive, an affidavit filed in court Friday shows.

A search that was approved by a judge shortly after four dead bodies were found inside the burning home May 7 yielded a desktop computer, two smartphones, a checkbook ledger and financial paperwork among other items, the affidavit shows.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Darrin Campell, 49, shot his wife, Kimberly, his teenage son and daughter, Collin and Megan, and set the house at 16223 Sierra de Avila on fire using gas and fireworks. He then killed himself.

Sheriff's officials said they are trying to determine a motive, and as part of the investigation are conducting a financial audit of Darrin Campbell.

The search warrant affidavit filed Friday also shows that investigators recovered "miscellaneous fireworks," "miscellaneous gas cans," shell casings and the .40-caliber Sig Sauer pistol used in the killings.

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