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Two arrested in death of man found in West Tampa trash bin

TAMPA — Police and U.S. Marshals arrested two men they say beat another man to death and left his body in a trash bin earlier this month.

The body of James Toney, 56, was found April 6 after a passerby noticed his feet sticking out of a trash bin behind a closed bar at 1947 W Main St. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The medical examiner determined that a beating contributed to Toney's death, though his complete autopsy was not available Tuesday.

Tampa police detectives gathered evidence and witness statements that led them to two men: Keontrye R. Williams, 22, of 1935 W Union St.; and Renell M. Little, 17, of 1923 W Union St.

The incident does not appear to be random, and an investigation continues, said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis.

Williams and Little were arrested without incident on manslaughter charges. Williams was taken to the Hillsborough County jail, where he remains without bail, and Little was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center due to his age.

Detectives are working to determine whether there are additional suspects.

CORRECTION: This story was changed to reflect the following correction: Williams was held without bail.

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