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Update – March 9, 2011
Steven Ray Keene
5804 Church Avenue North #125
Second Degree Murder
1415 East 139 Avenue
On February 26, 2011, the victim was found deceased in the parking lot of 4301 Hamilton Avenue in Tampa. An autopsy was performed on the victim, and the manner of death was ruled homicide. During the investigation, information was developed that implicated Keene in the shooting and his presence at the location during the offense. On the day of the shooting, the suspect, Keene and the victim, Bahamonde met and came up with a plan that they would meet with two other individuals for the purpose of selling drugs. They decided that once they met with the other individuals, Bahamonde and Keene would rob the buyers of their money. In preparation for the robbery, the defendant and victim drove to the Wal-Mart located near Waters Avenue and Hanley Road and purchased shotgun ammunition for a shotgun that the victim had in his possession to use during the robbery. The defendant then drove the victim to the area of the crime scene and dropped him off in anticipation of committing the robbery. The defendant arrived in the supermarket parking lot and parked next to the buyers’ vehicle. Keene then exited the vehicle and walked to the trunk of his vehicle, advising the two buyer’s that the narcotics were in the trunk. Keene intentionally stalled, while waiting for the victim to approach the car and commit the robbery. The victim, Bahamonde then approached both vehicles while armed with a shotgun while demanding property from the buyers. The victim struck one of the buyer’s several times with the butt of the shotgun. At that time, one of the buyers’ fatally shot the victim, striking him multiple times. Keene then took the shotgun from the deceased victim and fled the scene. Bahamonde then disposed of the shotgun in a dumpster located at 5505 N. Himes Avenue, where it was later recovered by law enforcement.
On March 8, 2011, investigators arrested Keene at his residence and charged him with Second Degree Murder and Armed Robbery.
The buyers have been identified and the investigation continues.
Original Press Release 11-065