Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Police: St. Petersburg man helped destroy evidence in Clearwater slaying

CLEARWATER — Police arrested a second man Monday in connection to the death of Jason Paul, a young man fatally stabbed while riding his bike home from work in January.

Devin Monte Boykins, 23, of St. Petersburg faces a charge of accessory after the fact in a first-degree murder, Clearwater police said.

Boykins is accused of trying to help his friend, Mychal King, a 16-year-old charged with first-degree murder in Paul's slaying near Crest Lake Park.

Boykins "aided the effort to conceal or destroy evidence" by pouring bleach on the knife King used in the attack and also helped in burning King's clothing to destroy any evidence, police said.

A witness told police these details. King confirmed Boykins' involvement during an interview with detectives.

The night of Jan. 5, Paul, 22, was riding his bike to his duplex on Franklin Street after work when someone stabbed him multiple times in the 100 block of S Glenwood Avenue east of downtown.

There was no arrest until late last month, when police learned that King, of Clearwater, might have been involved. He was 15 years old at the time of Paul's death.

Detectives interviewed King at the Pinellas County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

He confessed to killing Paul, police said. Police Chief Anthony Holloway said King was angry after an argument with his parents and vented his rage by stabbing the first person he saw.

In Florida, Boykins has been arrested several times, including on charges of vehicle theft and burglary. He was sentenced to 18 months in state prison on several cocaine convictions, records show.

Boykins was being booked into the Pinellas County Jail Monday afternoon.

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