Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Two arrested in murder of teen found last year near Antioch Park

THONOTOSASSA — Detectives have arrested two men on murder charges in the death last year of 19-year-old Christopher Daniels, whose body was found in a ditch near the entrance of Antioch Park, according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

Roger Castle III, 18, and Bailey Castle, 17, both of Thonotosassa, face first-degree murder and robbery charges. They were being held in jail.

Authorities said that on Jan. 16, 2012, they were in a vehicle involved in an attempted robbery. Daniels, they said, was clinging to the side of it to stop the robbery. But he fell.

After his body was found in a ditch near Franklin Road, he was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he died from his injuries. His vehicle was later found parked at Antioch Park.

The Sheriff's Office did not elaborate on other details of the robbery attempt or say whether anyone else was involved.

The Castles were arrested Friday. Roger Castle also faces charges of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash with death.

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