Crime

Manatee County 2009 homicides

Jan. 5: Joseph Scott, 71, is stabbed to death in a rooming house in the 2200 block of Fourth Avenue East, Palmetto. His former girlfriend, Deborah Williams, 50, is arrested on a murder charge.

Jan. 19: Patricia Thomas, 55, is shot to death in a domestic dispute in her ex-girlfriend Cynthia Monson’s home in the 6400 block of Second Avenue Northeast, Bradenton. Monson is charged with murder

Jan. 29: William Howery, 37, is stabbed to death in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Whitfield Avenue, Bradenton, while holding an infant in his arms during an argument. Carlos Viera, 31, is charged with murder.

Feb. 1: Maria Lerma, 55, is gunned down in her home in the 900 block of 25th Street East, Bradenton, during an attempted home invasion police say was committed by high school students Ta Heem Blake and Marquis Sanders. A gunfight erupts in the home as Lerma’s son fires on Blake, who police say shot Lerma. Blake is hit and paralyzed. Both Blake and Sanders are charged with murder.

Feb. 6: A mosquito control worker finds the body of 22-year-old Lauren Whitney Lichon dumped off Rye Road, off Rye Wilderness Trail in East Manatee. Detectives have not released Lichon’s cause of death, but said she had trauma to her upper body. No arrests have been made.

Feb. 23: Daniel Case, 59, a homeless man living behind a Bradenton business at 14th Street West and 12th Avenue West, is found beaten to death in a chair. Luis A. Rincon, 17, and Robert A. Ramirez, 18, both of Bradenton, are arrested on homicide charges.

Feb. 28: Tevin Yawn, 18, is shot to death in his bedroom during a home invasion in the 2300 block of Fifth Avenue East, Palmetto. No arrests have been made.

March 6: Clevon Murray, 29, of Austell, Ga., is gunned down in the Sunrise Motel parking lot at State Road 64 and Interstate 75, setting off a manhunt for three men believed to be involved in the shooting. The men escaped and no arrests have been made.

March 8: Courtney Corrine Walker, 33, is shot in the head in her Perico Island apartment. Her boyfriend, Alexfel Sotomayor, 23, is arrested on a murder charge.

March 14: Fernando Castulo Morales, 33, of Bradenton, is stabbed to death during an altercation outside the Antojitos Mexicanos restaurant on Cortez Road. Edwin Alfonso Vargas-Lopez, 34, arrested on a charge of murder.

April 4: Rodrigo Vasquez, 20, is shot to death outside the LaEscondid nightclub on 14th Street West. Jonathan Cabrera is later arrested and charged with murder.

April 22: Eight-month-old Naiomi Petit-Homme is shaken to death. Her mother’s 21-year-old boyfriend, Alfredo Hudson, is charged with aggravated manslaughter.

April 30: Alex Dawson, 20, is shot to death outside a rooming house in the 1500 block of 10th Street West, Bradenton. Jerry W. Green Jr., 22, is arrested and charged with murder.

May 1: Patrick Steele, 42, is beaten with a steel pipe in a drunken argument by his friend on their street. A friend, Manuel D. Canales, 52, who lives one block away, is charged with murder.

May 22: Malenne Meranvil, 21, is beaten to death in her apartment in the 2500 block of 55th Avenue West. The last person to see her and to report her death was her boyfriend. Her boyfriend, Johnathon Holte, 26, was charged with her murder.

June 5: Carlos Vazquez-Vazquez, 25, is stabbed to death in argument at a labor camp in the 1500 block of 21st Street East, Palmetto. Faustino Martinez, 36, is arrested on a murder charge.

June 15: Rolando Martinez-Rosales, 51, is shot during an attempted robbery in the head in the 4000 block of Eighth Street Court East. He later dies. No arrests have been made.

July 3: Irwin Figuero, 18, and Rubin Gonzalez Garduno, 18, were both gunned down in the 1100 block of 59th Avenue Drive East. The men were walking in the west on 59th Avenue Drive East when they were approached from behind by what appeared to be a blue Mercury Grand Marquis. Shots were fired from the vehicle. No arrests have been made. Investigators believe the incident was gang related.

July 12: Crystal Johnson, 19, who was 24 weeks pregnant, was shot and killed in a home invasion at DeSoto Village Apartment complex, 3810 Fifth Street East. Emergency personnel delivered Johnson’s baby, Lariah Faith Funsch, who lived for eight hours before dying from maternal shock and premature birth, according to an arrest warrant. Three gunmen reportedly came into the apartment in what appears to be a drug related incident. One suspect, Everrick Houston, 28, was arrested in connection with the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

July 22: Roy Barnes, Jr., 35, of Sarasota is found burned and dismembered in the 7900 block of U.S. 41 South in an isolated alley behind businesses adjacent to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. No arrests have been made.

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