Release Number: 11-280
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Detective John Spoor (Case Agent)
Hoeschele Thomas (Homicide Victim – 2006)
Address: 11706 126th Terrace North, Largo
Lloyd A. Neal (Suspect)
AKA: Lloyd “Pooh” Neal
He is currently serving a life sentence at Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry, Florida on a 2007 Clearwater Police Department homicide case.
What: Homicide detectives have solved the 2006 homicide of Hoeschele Thomas. A warrant for second degree murder was issued for 22 year-old Lloyd A Neal, who is currently serving a life sentence at Taylor Correctional Institution in Perry, Florida on an unrelated 2007 Clearwater Police Department murder case.
Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Detective John Spoor and members of the Thomas family will be available at a 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 to provide interviews and details regarding the case. The availability will be held at the Sheriff’s Administration Building located at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
Where: Thomas was shot at 12790 118th Street North in Largo.
When: Hoeschele Thomas was shot on October 29, 2006.
Hoeschele Thomas was fatally shot on October 29, 2006 just outside a residence located at 12790 118th Street North in Largo. Detectives say Thomas was walking home, when unknown subjects in a vehicle approached and offered to sell him drugs. When Thomas refused to buy, a verbal argument ensued and a passenger fired a shot at Thomas from inside the vehicle, fatally wounding him.
The Sheriff’s Office Robbery /Homicide Unit responded to investigate. A single casing was found at the scene. That casing was submitted to FDLE for analysis. The investigation that followed in the subsequent months included interviews; follow up on leads; and follow up on anonymous tips that were received at that time. However the case remained unsolved.
In June of 2011, Detective John Spoor of the Sheriff’s Robbery/Homicide Unit began reviewing the case file once again.
Through the investigation, Detective Spoor was able to draw a connection between the weapon used in the Thomas homicide (a 380 caliber firearm) and the weapon used in a drive-by shooting that occurred in Clearwater Police Department’s jurisdiction (just three weeks later) on November 18, 2006. Through review of the FDLE submission on the two shooting cases, the detective learned that the casings from both scenes had been fired from the same gun.
The finding lead detective Spoor to look further into the Clearwater PD drive-by shooting and to interview multiple subjects associated with that case.
The various interviews revealed information that placed the suspect, Lloyd “Pooh” Neal at the crime scene and in the commission of the murder of Hoeshele Thomas on October 29, 2006. Statements made to Detective Spoor included the following: one source told Detective Spoor that during a conversation with the suspect, the suspect (Neal) pointed towards a funeral flyer which contained Thomas’ photo and stated that “he did that”; another source reported a conversation where Neal admitted to Thomas’ murder; and yet another source admitted that he witnessed Neal shoot Thomas on October 29, 2006.
Detective Spoor successfully worked with the Florida Department of Corrections to coordinate multiple prisons interviews for himself and Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detective Todd Greene. He worked with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office, a Hillsborough County Judge and a private attorney to facilitate the arrest of a witness, which would subsequently allow for a deal to be brokered for his cooperation. Detective Spoor also coordinated interviews with other witnesses; and worked closely with the Pinellas Pasco State Attorney’s Office.
On November 18, 2011 a warrant for second degree murder was issued for Lloyd Neal. Neal will be extradited to Pinellas County from Taylor Correctional Institute in Perry, Florida.
Media is invited to cover the availability set for 2:00 p.m. on November 22, 2011 at the Sheriff’s Administration Building in Largo.
For additional information please contact the Sheriff’s Public Information Office at 727-582-6221.