Man accused of murdering his girlfriend had fatal bullet lodged in his hand

TAMPA — Police say a man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the neck this month took an important piece of evidence to jail with him — the bullet.

Tampa police said Dorsey Lavella Sanders, 46, complained about a pain in his hand after he was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, according to a search warrant affidavit.

An X-ray showed a projectile lodged in his hand, the search warrant said. Police believe this is the bullet that passed through the neck of Cassandra McCauley, 49, when she was shot on April 2.

Officers searched the crime scene — their home at 801 E Curtis St. — and found a shell casing but no bullet.

Sanders initially was charged with attempted second-degree murder, but those charges since have been upgraded to second-degree murder. The warrant states McCauley was brain-dead and was expected to be taken off of life support.

Sanders admitted the gun went off during a struggle and that he threw the gun in a field after McCauley was wounded, the warrant said.

Jail doctors were making arrangements for the bullet to be removed from Sanders hand out of medical necessity — the bullet may have damaged a bone in his hand, records show.

Sanders is being held without bail in a Hillsborough County jail.

Man accused of murdering his girlfriend had fatal bullet lodged in his hand 04/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:20am]

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