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David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-232 (12-227)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 29, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Deputies Make Arrest In Homicide

    Suspect was already in custody on other charges.
    • Saturday
    • June 23, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 302 W. Fletcher Avenue
    • Tampa, Florida

    Arrested:
     


    Christopher Lee Hubbard
    DOB: 7/29/1971
    At Large

    Charge:

    • 2nd Degree Murder

    Victim:
     

    Candace Suzette Valdes
    DOB: 5/19/1965
    At Large

    Details:

    On June 23, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
    received as 911 call, in reference to a deceased white female discovered in a
    homeless camp at 302 W. Fletcher Avenue. The victim was later identified as
    Candace Suzette Valdes, DOB 5-19-65. The victims death was ruled a homicide
    (beaten by other person or persons) by the Hillsborough County Medical
    Examiner's Office with the cause of death being "Lacerations of scalp and
    skull fractures with subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhages, and contusions of
    brain due to blunt impacts to the head".

    During the investigation, several individuals were identified as having been
    with the victim the night before, including the defendant, Christopher Lee
    Hubbard. Interviews were conducted of these individuals to determine the
    circumstances surrounding their contact with the victim. The defendant
    advised that he last saw the victim between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. on June 22,
    2012 at the Mobil Gas station located at 13164 N. Florida Avenue. The
    defendant advised that he was at the Mobil station drinking with several other
    individuals.

    Surveillance video was obtained from the Mobil gas station showing the
    defendant standing in front of the store, periodically between approximately
    8:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. During those times, the defendant and victim are
    seen together numerous times, in conversation or in close proximity to each
    other, which contradicts his statements to law enforcement. A witness stated
    that after midnight on June 23, 2012 they saw the defendant shove the victim
    twice in the chest during an argument near the car wash at the Mobil station.
    Another witness stated that during the same time period, they heard and saw
    the defendant threaten the victim stating "I will break your f........ neck!".
    Another witness also observed the victim and defendant verbally arguing
    during this time period, but did not hear what the argument was about.

    Surveillance video from the Mobil station shows the defendant return to the
    gas station on June 23, 2012 at approximately 2:45 a.m.., 5:15 a.m. and 7:00
    a.m. wearing the same clothing as observed previously on video. The
    clothing was a brown and white horizontal Adidas polo, blue jeans, white shoes
    and a camouflage brimmed hat.

    On June 23, 2012 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the defendant approached a witness
    who was standing at the bus stop at 140th Avenue East and Nebraska Avenue.
    The defendant asked to borrow a pocket knife and proceeded to use the blade
    portion to scrape and clean his fingernails. He told the witness that he was
    going to the Thrift store to get some clothes.

    During the investigation, the defendant was determined to have committed a
    petit theft on June 23, 2012 at approximately 1030 a.m. at the Community
    Thrift Store located at 14244 Nebraska Avenue. Surveillance video shows the
    defendant wearing the same clothing he was wearing as observed on the Mobil
    gas station video from the night of June 22, 2012. The defendant changed
    clothes while inside the business, placing his clothing on the clothing racks
    and left the store with the clothes he had changed into, without paying for
    them. The defendant’s clothing he left at the store was recovered. Blood was
    discovered on he pant legs of the jeans.

    During DNA analysis of the jeans by the Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE),
    the blood stain found contained a mixture. The mixture matched the victim and
    the defendant.

    Hubbard was initially charged with the petit theft and was in custody. The
    2nd Degree Murder charge was placed on today, June 28, 2012.
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