A grand jury has handed up a first-degree murder indictment against a Palm Harbor man accused of killing his wife, then barricading himself in his home for 10 hours. Roger Harold Hamburg, 54, of 1321 Indian Trail N, was indicted Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder.
Florida law requires prosecutors to obtain a grand jury indictment in a first-degree murder case. Hamburg is accused of killing his wife, Neyda Olivares, 44, in their home. Pinellas sheriff's detectives said she was stabbed in the chest area and the left eye. Her throat also was cut, court records state.
Deputies went to the couple's home on June 22 after Olivares did not show up at 7 a.m. for her shift as a certified nurse's aide at St. Mark Village retirement community in Palm Harbor.
Deputies entered the home about 11:30 a.m., saw Olivares' body, then called out for anyone else in the house. A man believed to be Hamburg said "Hello" from somewhere inside the home, but he refused to come out and show himself to deputies, according to court records.
Deputies then retreated from the home, set up a perimeter and summoned the SWAT team to the home. Deputies tried to reach Hamburg for most of the day and night, then used a loudspeaker to coax him out of the home about 9:40 p.m.
Detectives found a knife covered with blood on a bathroom counter in the home, court records state.