TAMPA — William Dale McIntire was extremely drunk in late June when he had his head crushed by a sport utility vehicle driven by a Tampa police officer, according to an autopsy and toxicology report.
The report, released Friday, shows that when McIntire died he had a blood alcohol content of 0.30. That is more than 31/2 times the limit at which the state presumes a person to be intoxicated....
TAMPA — The man accused in last week's shooting death of a transgender woman also is a "person of interest'' in a second slaying that happened Sunday, according to Tampa police.
Keith Lamayne Gaillard, 18, is being held in the Hillsborough County jail on a first-degree murder charge in the death of India Clarke, whose body was found July 21.
Gaillard also is being looked at in the homicide investigation of Tyrone Sean Davis, who was found dead Sunday in Temple Crest Park. Davis' family said they believe he was gay....
TAMPA — The jury that found Dontae Morris guilty of killing Derek Anderson decided Thursday that his murderer should be sent to a very familiar place: Florida's death row.
The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a sentence of death in Anderson's slaying. It is the third time a jury has chosen death for Morris, one of Tampa Bay's most infamous cop killers.
Morris, 29, already is on death row for the murders of two Tampa police officers, is serving a life sentence for a fourth murder and awaits trial for a fifth murder....
TAMPA — Dontae Morris faced his third jury in as many years on Wednesday, and they rendered the same verdict as the first two: he was found guilty of first-degree murder, this time for the fatal shooting of Derek Anderson in May 2010.
Anderson died 42 days before Morris shot and killed Tampa police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, the crime that made him one of the area's most infamous killers. In all, Morris has been convicted in four of the five murders he is accused of in 2010....
TAMPA — A jury went to work Monday to decide whether or not Dontae Morris is guilty of a fourth murder.
More than five years after Morris committed one of Tampa Bay's most notorious crimes — killing two Tampa police officers — the panel of 12 men and woman started deliberating whether he also killed Derek Anderson, who was fatally shot on May 18, 2010.
If the jury find Morris guilty of first-degree murder, the court will then start the sentencing phase of the trial. That could net Morris, 29, his third death sentence....
TAMPA — Dontae Morris wants to ditch his lawyers.
The convicted killer of two Tampa police officers asked a judge Saturday to appoint new attorneys in his third murder trial, saying he was unhappy with the three who have defended him so far.
His main complaint: They won't tell the jury more about his other crimes.
Judge William Fuente, who is presiding over Morris' trial for the killing of Derek Anderson, denied his request in an unusual weekend session held because jurors are being sequestered for the trial....
One night in 2010, Derek Anderson walked home with a backpack full of clean laundry. A white car slowly rolled past.
He walked up to his mother's front door. Then someone fired a bullet through his heart. His mother found her son bleeding, gasping for breath.
That was the story Assistant State Attorney Scott Harmon told a jury during opening arguments Friday in the third murder trial of Dontae Morris....
TAMPA — Deandre Tolliver said nothing Thursday morning as a judge ordered him to spend the rest of his life in prison.
A week after he was convicted of killing Anthony Jerome Lee, the 26-year-old stood mute when a judge asked if he had anything to say.
But those who knew Lee, who was well-known for his performances as a drag queen named Wanda, were eager to tell the court what they had been through. They spoke of pain. They spoke of punishment. But they also spoke of forgiveness....
TAMPA — It is hard to live in Tampa Bay and not know about Dontae Morris.
For the past half a decade, the convicted cop killer has gained a reputation as one of the region's most notorious murderers, his face and name a frequent fixture of local news. Morris is now on death row, convicted of three murders — including the 2010 deaths of two Tampa police officers.
So this week, as Morris braces for another murder trial, attorneys and a judge are attempting a delicate task: finding 12 Hillsborough County residents who know nothing about Morris and can serve as an impartial panel in a case that could net him another death sentence....
TAMPA — It took a jury about five hours Thursday to decide that Deandre Tolliver killed a well-known Tampa drag queen.
The 12-person panel found Tolliver, 26, guilty of first-degree murder in the 2013 death of Anthony Jerome Lee.
Lee, 44, was known for his performances as Wanda. He was a regular at Hamburger Mary's in Ybor City, often appearing on the small stage decked out in a blond wig and glittery gowns....
TAMPA — The man accused of killing a popular Tampa drag queen cried Wednesday as he testified in his own defense.
Deandre Tolliver, who turned 26 Tuesday, sat unshackled in court for the first time in two years, his dreadlocks brushing the top of his dark suit jacket as he told a jury he did not kill Anthony Jerome Lee.
"I understand very well what is going on," he said in response to a prosecutor's questions. "I know very well that someone's life has been taken. But I —"...
TAMPA — From behind a bathroom door, Tiffany McKinney listened to the two men yelling. She heard one demanding money. She heard her friend, Anthony Jerome Lee, telling him to leave. She dialed 911 as their voices came closer.
The man, whose voice McKinney did not recognize, asked who else was in the house.
"Ain't nobody here," she heard Lee say. "Just me. "
Silence followed. Then, five gunshots....
TAMPA — He watched his brother take a knife to the chest in a fight over a bicycle.
He munched on Cheetos in his eighth-grade science class.
He had his cap stolen at gunpoint.
He played basketball in the park, close to home.
He ran from a gunman as bullets whizzed past his head.
He refused to miss a day of school, even after his mother died.
This was how Edward "E.J." Harris IV spent the last months of his life....
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TAMPA — Police have released the name of the officer they say likely ran over a man who was found dead last month in a Tampa street.
Tampa police Chief Eric Ward identified the officer as Jeremy Dabush, 26, who has been with the department since 2012. Dabush is expected to talk to department investigators about the accident soon, Ward said Friday.
Meanwhile, Dabush has been placed on desk duty, standard procedure in a case like this. No charges have been filed in the case, which will be turned over to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office....
TAMPA — Tampa police officials acknowledged Thursday that one of their officers likely ran over 60-year-old William Dale McIntire, who was found dead on a Tampa street more than a week ago.
The officer has been placed on desk duty, standard procedure in a case like this, Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. No charges have been filed in the case, which will be turned over to the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office....