Robert B. Pettyjohn, imprisoned for torturing, sodomizing and killing animals, was set free Friday. But Monday he was rearrested in Pasco County, accused of violating terms of his probation. In 2001, he and another man clubbed, kicked and punched a 3-month-old llama and gouged its eye out in the East Lake area of Pinellas County. When an adult female llama approached, they beat her 50 to 100 times and sodomized her with a golf club. The baby llama lived; the adult later died. In a separate incident, Pettyjohn beat a goat to death, cracking its skull in 29 pieces. He also shot arrows at two bulls in Odessa, killing one. Department of Corrections records show Pettyjohn, now 25, was released from prison after serving six years and five months. He was held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
Police investigate shooting of man
St. Petersburg police are investigating a shooting that left a 23-year-old man in critical condition Sunday. Officers responding to a 911 call at 1702 Newark St. S found the victim, Cortez D. Nolton, lying facedown with lower body gunshot wounds, police spokesman George Kajtsa said. Nolton remains hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center. Police say they have neither a suspect nor a motive in the shooting.
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3 homes in area are hit by gunfire
Pasco County authorities are investigating about 30 shots that were fired at three homes in Embassy Hills on Friday night. No one was injured. At one home, a bullet tore through the windowpane in a baby's room, sailed inches above his changing table and lodged into the opposite wall, said his father, Maurice Spencer. A Pasco Sheriff's Office report on the shootings gives no information about motive, or target, or bullet caliber or suspects.
Murder victim is identified
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office released the identity of a man found dead Sunday evening near Cooper's Place, a bar in Carver Heights at 13500 Center St. Authorities said Bernaldo C. Vasquez, 23, was murdered, although they did not release any other details about the crime. According to state records, Vasquez was arrested almost a dozen times in Florida. Charges ranged from drug possession to firing a weapon into a vehicle. His death marks the second killing near Cooper's Place in just over a year: Sean Spaights, 24, was gunned down outside the bar in August 2007.
Ex-boyfriend jailed in shooting of rival
Clearwater police arrested a man Sunday night and accused him of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend at close range. Gary E. Averill Jr. was charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Michael Harris, 28, about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said Harris and girlfriend Barbara Hall heard a knock at the door. Hall answered the door and a masked man ordered her to the ground. The masked man pounded on the door until Harris arrived. When Harris came to the door, Averill fired four shots, police said.