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St. Petersburg police still investigating murder, high-speed chase

ST. PETERSBURG — Police filled in some of the details Wednesday about a high-speed chase the night before that is linked to the shooting death of a bystander.

But detectives still haven't revealed the whole picture behind Monday night's slaying of 22-year-old Tremell Mitchell, a father-to-be gunned down outside his grandmother's house. Nor have police said if they've identified a suspect in his death.

Police say Mitchell was caught between two groups feuding over a marijuana deal gone bad outside his grandmother's house at 4651 20th Ave. S.

The next day, in the same neighborhood, police said, they received a report of gunshots being fired into the air from a black Hyundai with a broken rear window around 5:25 p.m.

Then at 6:40 p.m., a white Mercury Grand Marquis slowly drove by the street where Mitchell was killed. The driver "said he was going to shoot everyone," said police spokesman Bill Proffitt.

There were four men in the car, and a witness said the driver had a semiautomatic rifle. Minutes later, the whole block heard more gunshots.

Both incidents appear linked to the feud that led to Mitchell's slaying, police said. When the Grand Marquis returned to 20th Avenue S around 7:30 p.m., officers gave chase. Ten minutes later, the car crashed and police had four suspects in custody.

But only one of those suspects, Curtis Lenard Wyche Jr., 20, was arrested, on charges that he failed to appear in court for violating his probation on 2007 charges of possession of cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The other three were questioned and released. Police said their witness from the drive-by threat couldn't identify the driver, and no one else on the block would even speak to detectives. But police are still investigating the fleeing incident, and could file charges later.

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Anyone with information about these incidents can call (727) 892-5000 or send a text mesage to St. Petersburg police at (727) 420-8911. Callers can remain anonymous.

St. Petersburg police still investigating murder, high-speed chase 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 11:40pm]
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