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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-347

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 14, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Death Investigation Results In Homicide Arrest

    The victim's husband is charged with second degree murder.
    • Sunday
    • March 18, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 3413 Pearson Road
    • Valrico, Florida


    Colin Joseph Maloney
    DOB: 8-9-73
    3413 Pearson Road
    Valrico, FL


    • Second Degree Murder


    Felicia Maloney
    DOB: 11-23-73
    3413 Pearson Road
    Valrico, FL


    On March 18, 2012 at approximately 5:45 a.m. at 3413 Pearson Road in Valrico, the defendant (Colin Maloney) called 911 and requested medical assistance for his wife. The defendant told the 911 Operator that he came into the bedroom and his wife seemed unresponsive, and he really needs help quick. The defendant then stated, “she is non responsive, her jaw is clenched and she’s a little blue, she was in the shower, I came into the bedroom, she is barely breathing and I’m performing CPR”. The defendant never mentioned that he found the victim suspended with an electrical cord from the upper support bed board. EMS personnel arrived and began advanced life support, and continued same for approximately 20 minutes inside the residence. A deputy accompanied EMS and the victim to the ambulance, when several ligature marks were observed on the victim’s neck by EMS. Two deputies remained inside the residence with the defendant and his 8 year old son. One of the deputies observed the child playing with a white cord, which he retrieved from the kitchen trash can. The defendant asked the deputies “did you see what my kid is doing?” The defendant then walked over to the trash can and took out a white extension cord and stated “you see this; this is what she used to hang herself”.

    The statements by the defendant to EMS personnel and to responding deputies did not match the physical evidence at the scene. Medical Examiner Dr. Chrostowski determined the cause of death to be ligature strangulation. During the autopsy several horizontal ligature marks were observed on the victim’s neck, which are inconsistent with a suicide by hanging. Dr. Chrostowski therefore determined the manner of death as homicide, The defendant knowingly and intentionally used a ligature to strangle the victim.

    A Forensic Engineer with The Centre of Forensic Sciences conducted a forensic examination and determined that it is extremely unlikely that the victim hanged herself with the bed board or the electrical cord.

    On September 14, 2012 an arrest warrant was issued for Colin Maloney for Second Degree Murder. Maloney was located at the Cracker Barrel located at 1880 State Road 60 in Valrico. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Orient Road Jail.

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