Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-092

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 17, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Suspect Charged For 2009 Homicide

    Detectives' diligent work leads to an arrest.
    • Wednesday
    • March 16, 2011
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • 42nd Street and Skipper Road
    • Tampa, FL

    Victim:

    Lewis Clayton, DOB 09-21-70
    14514 Hensel Lane, Apt. 116
    Tampa, FL

    Suspect: 


     
    Laurence Eugene Redfield, DOB 07-23-78
    Address: At large

    Charge: Second Degree Murder with a deadly weapon

    Details:
     

    On February 18, 2009 at approximately 11:30 p.m. deputies responded to a fight call and found the victim who had been beaten near an apartment complex at the Hensel Lane address.

    The victim Lewis Clayton got into a confrontation with a black male subject, which turned physical. The victim Clayton, who was a much larger man than the black male subject, battered the subject, who then left the scene.

    The subject then returned to the scene, on foot, at approximately 11:25 p.m., with approximately 6 - 8 other persons (both male and female). The victim (Clayton), who was only intending to fight one of the black male individuals that returned to the scene, when he was attacked by the group of individuals who began to batter him with their hands and feet. The defendant Laurence Redfield then arrived on scene and exited a gray Jeep Cherokee with a baseball bat. Redfield then struck the victim (Clayton) on or about the head and face with the baseball, approximately three times, while the victim was held down and battered by a group of people. The group then dispersed and a witness called the authorities, at which time Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Fire Rescue were dispatched. The victim was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased, as a result of homicidal violence (injuries sustained from the baseball bat.)

    Detectives continued to investigate the case and follow up on leads. They recently developed information leading to the identity of the suspect, Laurence Redfield and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Redfield was arrested tonight at approximately 8:00 p.m, in the area of 42 street and Skipper road. He was taken into custody and charged with Second Degree Murder with a deadly weapon.
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