Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

One of two men indicted in August killing is son of Tampa police officer

Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald, 22

TAMPA — One of two men indicted Thursday in last year's killing of a former East Bay High School football player is the son of a Tampa police officer.

Paul N. McDonald, 22, is the son of Audrey Peterson, an officer and 14-year employee of the Tampa Police Department, officials said Friday.

A grand jury indicted McDonald along with Christian White, 22 of Riverview, on charges of first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery. A third man, Garrett Boone, 19, was arrested Aug. 4 and charged with the same in what authorities say was a botched drug-related robbery.

On Aug. 3, Richard A. Russell, 19, was a passenger in a car that pulled up to Southpoint Park at 10510 Southern Point Blvd., where a deputy was working off duty. The driver told the deputy Russell had been shot. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation revealed that Russell had asked the driver to take him to complete a drug buy with Boone near Early Run Lane and Ravens Nest Place, deputies said. Boone approached Russell while McDonald and White, who were armed and acting as Boone's accomplices, went up to Russell and the driver to rob them and shots were fired, deputies said.

News of the indictments comes on the heels of another murder investigation this week in which the victim was the son of another Tampa police officer.

On Wednesday, 28-year-old James Williams, the son of Tampa police Officer Betty Williams, was shot to death in an East Tampa apartment. Police later arrested Gregory Charlemagne, 30, the ex-boyfriend of Miriame Bernard, who lived in the apartment.

Police said Bernard came out of her bedroom early Wednesday when she heard a noise and found Charlemagne walking toward her. He pushed her against a wall when Williams came out of the bedroom and tried to intervene, police said.

Bernard took her two children from the bedroom and fled the apartment. The two men fought briefly, and Charlemagne shot Williams, police said.

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