Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Autopsy refutes Riverview teen's story about girlfriend's death

RIVERVIEW — Josue Villagomez, 17, says his 18-year-old girlfriend shot herself in the chest, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. One problem with that story — Sara Gonzalez was shot in the back, according to the medical examiner.

The Hillsborough State Attorney's Office has charged Villagomez with second-degree murder in the killing of Gonzalez, who died after being shot about 11 p.m. Friday at 5219 Madison Lake Circle, the home in Madison Lake Estates Mobile Home Park where Villagomez and Gonzalez lived.

Villagomez initially said Gonzalez was shot by an unknown assailant who knocked on the front door, then fired when she opened it, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies said they found a Glock 9mm handgun and one shell casing in a crawl space under the mobile home. Villagomez then said Gonzalez shot herself in the chest with his gun during an argument, deputies said.

Villagomez was arrested Saturday on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was convicted of burglary in 2010, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement records. On Sunday, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy and concluded Gonzalez had been shot once: The bullet entered her lower back and exited her chest, and there was no evidence of a close-contact wound. The State Attorney's Office filed the murder charge Wednesday.

Will Hobson can be reached at (813) 226-3400 or [email protected]

Autopsy refutes Riverview teen's story about girlfriend's death 01/30/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Some teachers allege 'hostile and racially charged' workplace at Pinellas Park Middle

    K12

    PINELLAS PARK — Two black teachers at Pinellas Park Middle have requested transfers out of the school, alleging the work environment there has become "hostile and racially charged."

    Pinellas Park Middle School at 6940 70th Ave N, where some black teachers have alleged they were treated with hostility by colleagues after starting a tutoring program for black students. Just 22 percent of black students were proficient in English language arts in last spring's state tests. Two black teachers have asked to be transfered, according to a letter from two local chapters of the NAACP. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

  2. Editorial: The unknown price tags in the mayor's race

    Editorials

    St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has been busy promoting all sorts initiatives in the months leading up to the Nov. 7 election, doubling down on his progressive agenda without spending much money or generating much controversy. But make no mistake, the cost will come due after the election. Without a change in …

    The mayor is determined to get artist Janet Echelman to create a sculpture for the new Pier. But the cost would be much higher than what is allocated. Above is Echelman’s As If It Were Already Here in Boston.
  3. Massachusetts firm buys Tampa's Element apartment tower

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — Downtown Tampa's Element apartment tower sold this week to a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company that plans to upgrade the skyscraper's amenities and operate it long-term as a rental community.

    The Element apartment high-rise at 808 N Franklin St. in downtown Tampa has been sold to a Northland Investment Corp., a Massachusetts-based real estate investment company. JIM DAMASKE  |  Times
  4. Judge won't cut prison term of man who pleads obesity

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A claim of obesity won't shave time off a Tampa man's prison sentence.

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.
  5. Advocates for charter, public schools argue their cases at education forum

    K12

    TAMPA — Advocates of charter schools argued for diversity in education while supporters of traditional public schools charged that state funding is stacked against them during a forum Friday titled "Choices in Education."

    Schools such as Winthrop Charter School deserve greater public support, their operators say, because they offer a choice in education that is popular among parents. Public school advocates say charter and voucher schools represent a double standard in accountability and enrollment. [WILL VRAGOVIC  |  Times]