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Police investigate death of Tarpon Springs man

TARPON SPRINGS — Police are investigating a homicide, one week after a 47-year-old man was found unconscious and motionless on the side of the road.

Just before midnight June 29, a passing motorist called police about a body lying on Lime Street near Levis Avenue.

Police and paramedics arrived and found James O. Gill, of 702 Driftwood Lane, unresponsive on the ground.

He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where he died Thursday.

An autopsy showed that his death was caused by an "upper body trauma," according to police.

Lt. Barbara Templeton said police are not saying what wounds Gill suffered because investigators are interviewing witnesses and can use some details that aren't publicly known to gauge a witness' credibility.

Templeton said the area where Gill was found is known for drug activity. She said Gill, who had family in Indiana and California, came in contact with the Tarpon Springs police more than 20 times. He was arrested on charges of burglary, theft, possession of paraphernalia and battery.

Jonathan Abel can be reached at jabel@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

To help

Tarpon Springs police ask anyone with information about the death of James O. Gill to call them at (727) 937-2549.

Police investigate death of Tarpon Springs man 07/07/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 7:40pm]

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