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James H. Hayes, Jr. DOB 5-24-90
7322 Las Palmas Court
Amaury Speing, DOB 2-1-86
6032 Idlewild Avenue
Charges: First Degree Murder
Attempted Strong Arm Robbery
On September 3, 2010 at approximately 7:00 a.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a person down at 7323 Las Palmas Drive in Tampa. Deputies responded to the reported incident scene and discovered the body of a white male subject lying in the parking lot area directly in front of the reported location. Deputies determined that the subject, later identified as James Hayes, was deceased at the scene. The deputies observed that the pocket of the victim’s pants was turned out. Deputies also observed two packaged “Honey Buns” lying near the victim.
Deputies contacted the sales clerk at the Chevron Convenience store which was located near the incident scene. The sales clerk stated that he observed four persons in a vehicle that was parked outside of his store. He stated that he observed two of the individuals run after the victim towards Las Palmas Drive. The witness stated that two individuals returned to the vehicle a short time later. The witness stated that one of the individuals then entered the store and the witness asked what happened to the guy that they had chased. The individual stated to the witness “we put him to sleep”. The store security camera was accessed and a photographic image of this subject was obtained.
During the investigation an alert was published, utilizing the image obtained from the store camera. The alert was distributed throughout the Sheriff’s Office and a deputy contacted detectives with a possible identification. The witness from the convenience store was later contacted and shown a photo line up based on the possible identification made by the deputy. The photo line up contained a photograph of Amaury Speing. The witness positively identified Speing as the person who chased after the victim and made the statement “we put him to sleep”.
Based on the identification of Amaury Speing detectives were able to locate the other person that was in the vehicle outside of the convenience store at the time of the incident. Detectives located and identified three individuals (witnesses) and conducted interviews with those persons during the course of the investigation. During the interviews witnesses stated that they had observed Amaury Speing and another witness chase after the victim (James Haynes), however, they did not see what had taken place because the incident occurred out of their view.
One witness stated in a sworn statement, that he ran after the victim along with Amaury Speing and did not see Speing strike the victim; however, the victim was on the ground and Speing was standing over the victim. The witness stated that the victim appeared to be “snoring” at that time. Speing then began to go through the victim’s pants pockets.
An autopsy was conducted by Dr. M. Mainland at the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was listed as “Homicidal Violence” and the manner of death was listed as “Homicide”.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Amaury Speing. Speing was taken into custody today, January 6, 2012 charged with First Degree Murder and Attempted Strong Armed Robbery.