Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-342

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 24, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Deputy Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    A 2005 Stabbing Incident Upgraded to Murder Charges

    The victim was stabbed in the chest with a knife and later died.
    • Wednesday
    • November 24, 2010
    • Time: 11:52 AM
    • Drycreek Drive
    • Town-N-Country, FL



    Jonathan Melvis
    D.O.B. 11/08/89
    Currently serving 30 years in Florida State prison

    Second Degree Murder


    On March 31, 2005 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the victim, Vincent Thomas Baker, was walking home from work down on Drycreek Drive when Jonathan Melvis walked passed Baker. The two men exchanged words.

    Baker continued walking away from Melvis, who then borrowed a bicycle and rode towards Baker. The suspect got off the bike and stabbed the victim in the chest with a knife and fled the scene.

    The victim collapsed and suffered brain injuries as a result of a loss of blood from the stab wound. After treatment at a hospital, he was subsequently transferred to South Tampa Health and Rehab where he died earlier this year.

    An autopsy of the victim found he died from pneumonia from anoxic encephalopathy due to the chest stab wound, which penetrated his heart.

    The cause and the manner of death was ruled to be "Homicide (Stabbed by Another Person)." Upon review by the Sheriff's Office and the State Attorneys Office, a 2nd Degree Murder charge was filed on the suspect. He is presently in prison and in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. He will be brought back to Tampa to be arraigned on the new charge.

    On November 14, 2006, Melvis was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in Florida prison for Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon in connection with the stabbing of Baker.
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