Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Man, pregnant woman found dead after SWAT standoff in Gibsonton made suicide pact, deputies say

GIBSONTON — The couple found dead in a mobile home after a nearly five-hour standoff Thursday may have planned to commit suicide together, deputies said.

Detectives investigating the deaths of James Seagraves, 29, and Kayla Nemoto, 20, said each died from a single gunshot wound to the head sometime before 4:45 p.m.

That's when a Sheriff's Office tank broke down the front door of the mobile home at 9641 Symmes Road and SWAT deputies entered.

Investigators believe the couple acted on a suicide pact.

They determined that Nemoto, who was five to six months pregnant, committed suicide Thursday, according to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office. The medical examiner had not yet determined whether Seagraves was shot or shot himself.

Several firearms were found inside the home, including a gun deputies believe to be the weapon used in the deaths of Nemoto and Seagraves.

Seagraves, who grew up in Tampa and recently lived in De Leon Springs, was a suspect in the slaying of a restaurant manager in DeLand on March 31.

Seagraves had just been released from state prison in March after serving a robbery sentence before the slaying.

DeLand police have not released details about why they believe Seagraves killed Thomas Walsh, the manager of the Mainstreet Grill in DeLand. But they told the West Volusia Beacon they are certain it was him.

The mobile home Nemoto and Seagraves were found in belongs to Seagraves' father, according to property records.

The couple had been together since 2007, according to Seagraves' Facebook page, which also contains several photos of a pregnant Nemoto.

Standing outside the home Thursday evening, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said it was clear the confrontation would end violently.

Staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report. Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386.

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