Murder Investigation

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
- Robbery/ Homicide Unit

Largo Police Department

Christine Giles (Victim- Deceased)
DOB: 07/18/1990
Address: 5188 100th Way, Seminole

Wesley Warn (Victim- Uninjured)
DOB: 12/31/1956
Address: Transient, Largo

Nathaniel J. Yates (Arrested)
DOB: 07/11/1986
Address: 9372 West Links Terrace North, Largo
Charges: One count of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault.

Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit have charged a man for first degree murder after he threatened one man with a handgun and shot and killed a woman at a residence in unincorporated Largo.

Deputies were called to the residence at about 11:14 p.m. on Thursday, August, 16, 2018.

The suspect was charged at about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

The incident occurred at a private residence located at 13424 West Rena Drive, unincorporated Largo. 

At about 11:14 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018, deputies were called to a residence located at 13424 West Rena Drive in unincorporated Largo, for a report of an injured person.

When deputies arrived, they found, 28-year-old Christine Giles, unresponsive in a travel trailer that was parked outside the home. Deputies pronounced Giles deceased at about 11:22 p.m.  

Detectives say Giles died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives located multiple witness who fled prior to deputies arriving on scene. Witnesses helped identify the suspect, 32-year-old Nathaniel Yates, of Largo.

Detectives say Yates was in the travel trailer with Giles and 61-year-old Wesley Warn, when Yates became agitated and threatened Warn with a .380 caliber handgun. Yates turned the gun on Giles, shot her once and fled the scene. 

According to detectives, Yates returned to the scene a short time later and shot Giles again, multiple times. 

Witnesses told detectives Giles and Yates were dating for several months before Yates threatened Giles with violence and Giles called off the relationship. Detectives believe Giles and Yates were dating again at the time of the shooting.

As detectives were searching for Yates, they learned that Yates had been arrested for an unrelated incident less than six hours after the shooting. Officers from the Largo Police Department had arrested Yates at about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2018, for charges of Burglary, Simple Battery, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and Battery on Health Service Personnel.

Officers with the Largo Police Department had transported Yates to a local hospital for injuries he sustained during his initial arrest.

At about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, detectives charged Yates with one count of First Degree Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault.     

Yates remains in custody at a local hospital.

Next of kin has been notified.

The investigation continues.

Booking photograph of Nathaniel Yates.

Posted by Saturday, August 18, 2018 5:00:00 PM Categories: Crimes Against Persons

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