Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Man arrested in connection to St. Petersburg homicide

ST. PETERSBURG — Kenneth Shaw worried that the people who killed his brother would never be arrested.

The police, he said, seemed as clueless as he was about who committed the home invasion robbery on June 19 that left Richard Shaw, 41, dead.

But on Friday, police said, one piece of the puzzle fell into place when they arrested Charles C. Stone, 28, on a charge of first-degree murder.

"For a while there, I thought this was going to be one of those unsolved murders," Kenneth Shaw said. "It's just a little bit of justice. It's not going to bring my brother back."

More arrests are expected in the case, police said.

Stone, of 2347 15th Ave. S, was implicated by a witness, police said. In interviews with detectives, he gave information about the killing that only someone involved would know.

A surveillance camera outside Richard Shaw's home, 7014 Orpine Drive, captured video of four masked men approaching in the early morning hours and running away minutes later.

They yelled "Police! Police! Police!" as they stormed the house. They demanded money and drugs, then shot Richard Shaw in the chest in front of his adult son.

Stone has an arrest record dating to 1997 that includes charges for domestic battery, carrying a concealed firearm and battery on an officer, records state.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail Friday and held without bail.

In the weeks that followed the murder, Kenneth Shaw wondered what led the robbers to his brother's home. Perhaps they targeted the wrong house, he thought. Or maybe they read the death notice for his sister-in-law, Tory Shaw, who died a week before after a battle with cancer.

She had been taking powerful prescription drugs, Kenneth Shaw said. But if that's what they were looking for, his brother had thrown them out days before the robbery.

Kenneth Shaw said he didn't recognize Stone as someone his brother knew. Nor did his brother's sons, Trevor and Alex.

Alex moved out of his parents' house shortly after witnessing his father's death.

"That's trauma on a massive scale to experience what he experienced," Kenneth Shaw said.

Times news researcher Natalie Watson and staff writer Laura C. Morel contributed to this report. Reach Dan Sullivan at (727) 893-8321 or [email protected]

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