Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Police: Clearwater man says he killed a family member

CLEARWATER — A 33-year-old man turned himself in to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office on Monday, saying he killed his mother.

Late Monday, Clearwater police were investigating the scene at 1709 El Trinidad Drive East, off State Road 590 east of U.S. 19.

Spokesman Rob Shaw said they found the 59-year-old woman dead in the back yard with upper-body trauma. Police said they would not release her name until they could notify family members, and would not announce the suspect's name until he had been formally charged.

The victim's 7-year-old granddaughter was home at the time of the incident, police said. The suspect, 33, "apparently put (his daughter) in a bedroom, turned on a video game or something, and then proceeded to do whatever he did," Shaw said.

"We don't know what part, if any of it, she saw," he said.

The man then drove the child to a friend's house before turning himself in at the Pinellas sheriff's administration building on Ulmerton Road.

Police transported him to the Clearwater Police Department and he was being questioned late Monday.

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