St. Petersburg “Barber Shop” Killer Caught


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say a St. Petersburg man has been jailed on charges that he killed a man in front of the victim’s kids outside a barber shop.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Sunday that 20 year old Hopeton Johnson was charged with murder in the death of 31 year old Dontavion Lamar Fleming.

Fleming was shot April 11 in front of the barber shop where he and his four sons had just gotten haircuts.

The paper reported that Fleming’s 11-year-old son heard his father tell someone in a car “don’t shoot me in front of my kids” and then watched as he fell.

St. Petersburg police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez says more arrests may follow in the case.

Pinellas County jail records show Johnson was still in jail.

It did not indicate whether he had an attorney.