Crime

Suspect in hotel double slayings ‘non-responsive’ after medical incident, officials said

A double-homicide case has come to a halt with the suspected shooter medically non-responsive.

Darryl Hanna Jr. is charged with two counts of murder and one count of robbery after investigators say he went into Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key on Aug. 4, shot and killed two people and took off with money.

State Attorney Susanne O’Donnell said in a court proceeding Thursday that according to Hanna’s attorney, he suffered a stroke-like event and was taken to the hospital.

Hanna suffered a medical event in the jail on Sept. 9 and was taken to the hospital, according to Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

O’Donnell said Hanna was taken to a hospital in Ruskin because Manatee Memorial Hospital was being evacuated in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

Hanna’s case was scheduled for a case management hearing Thursday morning. O’Donnell said it was there that Hanna’s attorney made it seem as though his client’s condition is not expected to improve.

Hanna was released from the hospital on Oct. 11 and is back in the Manatee County jail’s medical ward, receiving 24-hour care, Bristow said.

Where the case goes from here is up to the judge, according to O’Donnell. If Hanna is not able to stand trial, the case cannot proceed as scheduled.

Investigators said Hanna entered the resort around 2:40 a.m. Aug. 4 and shot and killed security guard Kevin Carter, 51, and night front desk manager Timothy Hurley, 59. He also left with about $900 from the hotel.

A resort guest found the bodies about 40 minutes later and called for help.

It was the first homicide in Longboat Key since 2000.

Sara Nealeigh: 941-745-7081, @saranealeigh

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