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Clearwater police make arrest in 2008 homicide

Rebecca Fenton is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her husband. This booking mug is from a 2010 DUI arrest.
Rebecca Fenton is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her husband. This booking mug is from a 2010 DUI arrest.
Published Mar. 24, 2014

CLEARWATER — Police arrested a Clearwater woman Friday evening who they said killed her husband more than six years ago.

About 5 p.m., officers arrested Rebecca Ayn Fenton, 46, at the Capri Mobile Home Park near Sunset Point Road and U.S. 19. The arrest came soon after a Pinellas grand jury indicted Fenton on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of her husband, Larry Fenton, 57.

Larry Fenton was found dead in February 2008 inside his home at 1051 Nokomis St. He had been shot multiple times and lay in the couple's foyer in a pool of his blood, Clearwater police said.

Rebecca Fenton told police she was exercising in their detached garage when she heard a noise "that sounded like something falling off the roof," police said.

However, she didn't check on her husband until much later.

When police arrived they found a revolver Larry Fenton had bought the year before stashed in the car, police said.

Investigators later discovered that the gun was used to kill her husband, and that a box of ammunition in the master bedroom was missing five rounds, police said.

As the years passed, Rebecca Fenton was never ruled out as a suspect, police said. After her husband's death, she became the owner of their two-story house, where she continued to live until it was engulfed in flames last year.

Within one week in June, the sage green house caught fire twice, resulting in about $100,000 in damage. Rebecca Fenton and a retired veteran she was caring for escaped unharmed.

Authorities said both fires had been intentionally set.

It was unclear Friday night if anything recently advanced in the murder investigation to lead to the indictment.

Fenton was waiting to be booked in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday night, where she will be held without bail.