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St. Petersburg murder suspect under suicide watch at jail

ST. PETERSBURG —Thomas Lafoe, the 57-year-old man accused of murdering a well-known local actor, is under suicide watch at the Pinellas County jail, deputies said.

Lafoe has been in the medical division since his Wednesday arrest on a first-degree murder charge, said Sgt. Tom Nestor, a Pinellas County sheriff's spokesman.

"He has not attempted anything while at the jail," he said.

Nestor declined to talk further about Lafoe's condition, citing health privacy restrictions.

Before his arrest, Lafoe told a St. Petersburg Times reporter he mowed Jeff Norton's lawn and had not been paid for the last cut.

Norton was found dead inside his home, 4201 Third St. N, Sunday night. He had was dead at least 72 hours, killed by a sword apparently from his own prop collection, according to St. Petersburg police. Authorities have not found the sword.

Doctors will evaluate Lafoe again at noon.

He pleaded not guilty to the murder charge Thursday and a judge appointed a public defender to represent him.

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St. Petersburg murder suspect under suicide watch at jail 07/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 1:21pm]
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