Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Suspect in slaying at Clearwater motel arrested in Minneapolis

CLEARWATER — A little more than a year after a man was beaten to death in a Clearwater motel room, a suspect in the slaying has been arrested.

Ryeneil Ozene Daniels, sought by police in connection with the slaying at the Clearwater Palms Motel, was arrested in Minneapolis, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said Friday. Daniels, 31, will be extradited to face a second-degree murder charge here.

Police say Daniels is a suspect in the murder of Charles Edward Harris, 44, who died as a result of strangulation and blunt trauma after a fight in Room 106 at motel, the 1735 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., in March 2008.

Harris of 915 Nicholson St. in Clearwater checked into the motel about 3 a.m. on March 16, 2008, and was scheduled to check out at 1 p.m. March 17. When he didn't check out, motel staffers went to the room and couldn't get in. They called firefighters, who forced open the door and found the body.

Detectives identified Daniels of 1412 Taft Ave. as a suspect, according to Watts. They suspected he had fled to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota, so they applied for an arrest warrant and worked with the Minneapolis Police Department.

Minneapolis homicide detectives arrested Daniels on Wednesday. He has had numerous prior arrests on charges of possession of cocaine, dealing in stolen property and other offenses.

Harris had a lengthy arrest record, too.

He was one of six siblings, the son of Doreatha Harris Moore, 86, and the late Albert Moore.

When contacted Friday, two of Harris' sisters said they didn't know Daniels and didn't know that he had been arrested in the slaying of their brother.

"All right!" said Patricia Lewis of Clearwater, who will be 53 on Sunday.

"If he killed him, he should be punished," said another sister, Mary Thompson, 67, of Clearwater.

Harris was a good person, Thompson said, and had a lot of friends.

"He loved his mom," she said, "and his mom loved him."

Theresa Blackwell can be reached at or (727) 445-4170.

Suspect in slaying at Clearwater motel arrested in Minneapolis 04/17/09 [Last modified: Friday, April 17, 2009 9:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Authorities say cocaine is making comeback in Florida


    FORT LAUDERDALE — Drug enforcement officials say traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade.

    Traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade, officials say.  [Times files]
  2. Amid escalating Russia crisis, Trump considers major staff changes


    President Donald Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies.

    President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a retooling of his senior staff. [Doug Mills/The New York Times]
  3. Karen Lugo, 13, from Tampa, holds up her IPad Mini to take a picture of herself while relaxing in the sand alongside her mother, Karen Castro (on left), at the North Beach area of Fort DeSoto on Memorial Day (05/27/13). Karen comes to the beach with her family for holidays, she said. Also present was her older brother and three cousins.
  4. For starters: Rays at Twins, with Cobb pitching with a purpose


    UPDATE, 12:34: Cash said he has been pleased with Sucre's work and is trying to find playing time for him. ... Cash also said after reading Farquhar's comments about having trouble re-focusing after getting out of a jam and then going back out for a second inning he will factor that in to how he uses him. ... …

  5. To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning


    ANNVILLE, Pa. — Allison Jaslow heard it more than once as the long holiday weekend approached — a cheerful "Happy Memorial Day!" from oblivious well-wishers.

    Sgt. Heather Lynn Johnsen, of Roseville, Calif., guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Friday, March 22, 1996, in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. [Associated Press file]