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13-075 Detectives Arrest Suspect In Lealman Mobile Home Park Homicide (For More Information See Release 13-073)

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Support Services Bureau
-Crime Scene Investigation Unit

Sylvester Johnson (Suspect)
DOB: 09/13/1952
Address: 2500 54th Avenue North #352, St. Petersburg
Arrested for 1st degree murder

William David Casey (Murder Victim)
DOB: 08/19/1937
Address: 2500 54th Avenue N. #447, St. Petersburg

Detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with the homicide that occurred at the Palace Mobile Home Park.

The suspect was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

The homicide occured sometime between 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 10th and 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013.  

The suspect was arrested at his place of residence.

According to detectives, the suspect, identified as 60-year-old Sylvester Johnson, went to the victim’s mobile home overnight and stabbed him multiple times in the upper body. Through their investigation and the diligent work of Crime Scene Investigators, detectives were able to link Johnson to the crime through fingerprints found at the scene.

The body of 75 year-old, William David Casey was discovered at about 11:00 a.m. on April 11th by a friend who came to bring the victim food.

Detectives say the victim and the suspect were known to each other as they both live at the Palace Mobile Home Park.

According to detectives, the motive may have been robbery, as the victim’s wallet was stolen.

No weapon has been located.

The investigation continues.

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