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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-049

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 28, 2013
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    Detectives Identify Suspect In 2012 Homicide

    Victim was discovered deceased in her apartment.
    • Sunday
    • February 12, 2012
    • Time: 11:44 AM
    • 920 East 122 Avenue, Apt B
    • Tampa, Florida

    Victim:

    Nancy Grooms
    DOB: 5-13-59
    920 East 122 Avenue, Apt. B
    Tampa

    Suspect:


    Otano Anton Leggett
    DOB: 5-3-78
    Florida State Prison

    Details:

    On February 12, 2012 at approximately 11:44 a.m. the victim, Nancy Grooms was discovered deceased in the bedroom of her residence located at 920 122nd Ave Tampa, FL 33612 Apt. "B". Homicide Detectives were contacted and responded to the incident scene. Dr. Chrostowski of the Medical Examiner's Office determined the victim died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

    Homicide Detectives obtained video surveillance footage from two local convenience stores. The videos showed the victim being accompanied by an unknown black male. The victim was wearing the same article of clothing in the videos as the day she was discovered deceased. The unknown black male was later identified as suspect, Otano Leggett, DOB 5-3-78.

    Through witness interviews, Homicide Detectives learned the suspect was observed leaving the victim's residence. The victim had not been seen or heard from again until she was discovered deceased on February 12, 2012. DNA evidence was obtained which linked the suspect to the victim prior to her death.

    On January 25, 2013, Homicide Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Otano Leggett charging him with 1st Degree Murder with a Weapon. The suspect is currently serving time in Florida State Prison on unrelated charges (Cocaine charges – he was sent to Florida State Prison on August 2012, sentenced to 2 years). A warrant has been issued for his arrest and entered into FCIC/NCIC. The suspect will be escorted back to Hillsborough County to face the above listed charge.
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