Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Man acquitted of Clearwater murder found guilty on other charges

CLEARWATER — A 39-year-old man acquitted of first-degree murder Tuesday night was found guilty of other lesser charges.

Michael McKinney was arrested on the murder charge nearly three years ago in the June 2011 slaying of Casey Garber, who was shot twice in the head behind the shuttered Dogwater Cafe in Clearwater. According to prosecutors, convicted drug dealer Christopher Mickey told police McKinney had said he wanted to kill Garber.

McKinney also was accused of trying to break into Mickey's home in July 2011 with wire cutters, a lock-picking set, a knife and a gun. After acquitting him on the murder charge, the jury found McKinney guilty of armed burglary and possession of burglary tools. He also faced an additional burglary charge, but was convicted on a lesser charge of trespassing.

McKinney remained in the Pinellas County jail Wednesday. Sentencing is scheduled for April 25.

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