Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-160

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 16, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Detective Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    DNA Evidence Helps Detectives Solve Murder

    Inmate faces charges for a second homicide investigation.
    • Thursday
    • March 3, 2011
    • Time: 12:23 PM
    • 3330 West Sitka Street
    • Tampa, FL

    Arrested:

     

    Smith, Jason
    DOB: 11/10/80
    Hillsborough County Jail
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • Murder Second Degree-Deadly Weapon
    • Arson
    • Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
    • Grand Theft Motor Vehicle
       

    Victim:

    Cortes, Heriberto
    DOB: 02/27/83
    8753 Kauai Court, #303
    Tampa, FL

    Details:

    On March 3, 2011 at approximately 12:23 a.m., Hillsborough County Fire responded to a vehicle fire that was fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle, a Nissan Pathfinder was located in an orange grove approximately 25 feet from the roadway at 3330 West Sitka Street in Tampa. Firefighter extinguished the fire and discovered a body in the back of the SUV.

    Detectives made a positive identification of Cortes through fingerprints and notified the victim's family which lives out of the country. The 2001 Nissan Pathfinder belonged to the victim.

    Detectives charged Jason Smith at the Orient Road Jail where he's been held since 03/07/2011 for murder charges involving a Tampa Police Department homicide investigation.
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