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Tampa police searching for suspect who killed man with baseball bat

Denorris Singleton, 58, died six days after he was struck, police said.

TAMPA — Police were still searching this week for the suspect who struck a 58-year-old man in the head with a baseball bat in East Tampa last month, resulting in his death six days later.

Officers responded about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 23 to a call about a man bleeding from the head on the 3700 block of N 29th St., Tampa police said. Investigators learned that Denorris Singleton had been struck in the head with a baseball bat during a dispute with another person.

Tampa police say Denorris Singleton, 58, was struck in the head with a baseball bat during a dispute with another person on Nov. 23 on the 3700 block of N 29th St. in East Tampa. Singleton died six days later and police were still searching for the suspect.
Tampa police say Denorris Singleton, 58, was struck in the head with a baseball bat during a dispute with another person on Nov. 23 on the 3700 block of N 29th St. in East Tampa. Singleton died six days later and police were still searching for the suspect. [ Tampa Police Department ]

Singleton died from his injuries on Nov. 29 in Tampa General’s Hospital’s intensive care unit. The Tampa Police Department typically does not release the names of crime victims because of its interpretation of a state constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law, but Singleton’s family gave the department permission to release his name to assist with the investigation, police spokesman Eddy Durkin said.

The suspect fled the scene in a white sedan. Witnesses told investigators the suspect is known to frequent the area.

Detectives asked anyone who might have information that will help with the investigation to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

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