Death Penalty Decision Expected For Seminole Heights Serial Killer

The suspect in a string of four slayings that terrorized a Tampa, Florida neighborhood was arrested after he brought a loaded gun to his job at a McDonald’s and asked a co-worker to hold it, authorities said. (Nov. 29)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are expected to announce a decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 24-year-old man suspected of randomly killing four people and terrorizing a Florida neighborhood for several months.

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has called a 10:30 a.m. news conference Tuesday to reveal his decision in the case against Howell Emanuel Donaldson III.

A makeshift memorial for shooting victim Anthony Naiboa sits on a sidewalk in the Seminole Heights section of Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Similar murders have occurred in the neighborhood in the span of two weeks leading fears of a possible serial killer. Photo: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara.

Donaldson was arrested Nov. 28 after police said he gave a bag containing a handgun to a co-worker at a McDonald’s restaurant. She turned it over to a police officer who was in the restaurant.

The Seminole Heights neighborhood stopped many outdoor activities as the string of shootings stretched through October and into November. The victims ranged in age from 22 to 60.

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