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Second arrest made in 2008 murder; two more suspects sought

ST. PETERSBURG — Detectives have made a second arrest in a 2008 murder and said Thursday they are seeking two more suspects in the drug-related killing of Mario L. Tomlinson.

Derek Brendin-Tyler Greene, 20, was identified by witnesses as the getaway driver for the suspects in Tomlinson's Jan. 20, 2008 murder, according to St. Petersburg police.

A grand jury indicted Greene for felony murder on July 15. Detectives said that he admitted his involvement in the plot to rob Tomlinson. Under Florida law anyone who partakes in a crime that results in murder can still be charged in that murder.

Greene was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, possession of marijuana and violating his probation. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail.

There he joins Torren S. McKinney, 22, who police said masterminded the deadly home invasion robbery. The Holiday woman was arrested in April on a charge of a first-degree murder. Both Greene and McKinney are being held in jail without bail.

Tomlinson, a 21-year-old convicted felon, was gunned down outside his home at 3521 21st Ave. S. on Jan. 20, 2008, according to police. Police said Tomlinson used the home to deal drugs, and drugs and weapons were found inside.

St. Petersburg police released an incorrect name Thursday when they announced the second arrest.

Police did not identify the other suspects being sought. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call (727) 892-5000 or text police at (727) 420-8911.

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Second arrest made in 2008 murder; two more suspects sought 07/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 23, 2009 8:31pm]
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