Saturday, December 16, 2017
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St. Petersburg police seek dental records to tie teenagers to slaying

ST. PETERSBURG — Detectives hope to use dental records to tie two teenage brothers to a man's May 10 death.

Search warrants filed in the Pinellas County Circuit Court last week seek dental pattern records for Shirune Green, 19, and his brother Gregory, 16. The teens face first-degree murder charges in the death of Floyd Lassiter, a 53-year-old Army veteran shot to death in his driveway during a botched attempt to steal his car.

According to the warrants, the dental patterns would be used to match "several distinct bite marks" found on Lassiter's back during his autopsy.

After a spare car key was stolen during a burglary at his home on May 8, Lassiter told neighbors he feared the thieves would return. He spent the next night sleeping in his car, and early the next morning, police said the Greens returned to Lassiter's home at 1837 25th St. S.. When they tried to take the car, Shirune Green and Lassiter fought, police said.

Police said Gregory Green shot Lassiter when his brother cried out for help.

A witness, Arthur Summerlin, told police he was driving nearby and heard gunshots. He saw Lassiter and a man on the ground, and when he honked his horn and flashed his lights, he saw that man and another run from the driveway, according to the warrants.

Detectives already used DNA evidence to link both brothers to the shooting scene. Shirune Green's blood was found in a trail in Lassiter's driveway, and his DNA was under Lassiter's fingernails. When Gregory Green was arrested on unrelated charges, his brother's blood was found on his shoe. A black Adidas sneaker matching a bloody footprint, a red visor and a red lanyard were also found near Lassiter's car.

Jacques A. Hodges, 18, was also charged in connection with the slaying. Police say he used his grandfather's car to help the Greens escape along with Jahrez Walker, 17, who they say acted as a lookout. Hodges was charged with accessory after the fact, while Walker faces a charge of being a principal to murder in the first degree.

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