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Oldsmar teen charged with murder after gunshot victim found in woods dies

OLDSMAR — A 16-year-old boy was charged Sunday with murder, accused of shooting a Tarpon Springs man and leaving him for dead in the woods.

Pinellas County deputies said Diamonte Weatherspoon of Oldsmar shot Tyler James Slipko, 18, on Thursday before stealing his car and driving away.

A man walking his dog near Gray Bark Drive that evening discovered Slipko, bloodied and unconscious. He died in a hospital early Sunday.

Weatherspoon was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Pinellas Juvenile Assessment Center, where he was being held on a charge of firearm theft.

Witnesses told deputies that Weatherspoon and Slipko knew each other, and that this was no "random act of violence."

Deputies did not release further details due to the open investigation. Slipko's grandmother, Lillian Hanratty, told the St. Petersburg Times on Friday that her grandson was shot twice in the head and robbed of his cell phone and money.

Deputies also recovered Slipko's 1994 Toyota Camry. Witnesses told deputies they saw Weatherspoon driving after the shooting.

According to a Facebook profile, Slipko attended East Lake High School.

Contact Drew Harwell at (727) 445-4170 or dharwell@sptimes.com.

Oldsmar teen charged with murder after gunshot victim found in woods dies 07/24/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 24, 2011 11:22pm]
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