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Keith Lamayne Gaillard
1229 Lost Key Pl
- First Degree Murder With A Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm by A Violent Career Criminal
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office homicide detectives have been working around the clock to solve the homicide of Samuel E. Clarke who was found murdered on July 21, 2015 at the University Community Park, 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa.
As a result of their investigative efforts, detectives have charged Keith Lamayne Gaillard with First Degree Murder With A Firearm along with Possession of a Firearm By A Violent Career Criminal.
The following information has been taken from the Criminal Arrest Report-Affidavit minus the names of witnesses per Florida State Statute 119;
On 7/21/2015 at approximately 0847 hours, patrol deputies responded to the University Area Community Center located at 14013 22nd Avenue North in Tampa, in reference to an unresponsive person lying on the ground. Upon arrival, HCSO Patrol Deputies located the person (victim) deceased on the ground, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Deputies discovered a maintenance employee at the park, who discovered the victim while he was cleaning the park and its surrounding areas. HCSO Homicide Detectives responded to the scene to conduct a death investigation.
HCSO Homicide Detectives as well as the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner discovered the victim to sustain a single gunshot wound to the head. There was no shell casings found at the scene. Detectives also discovered a vehicle in the parking area of the park, a short distance away from where the victim was found deceased. The vehicle was a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, bearing a New York Tag. It was discovered the vehicle was a rental and registered to Hertz. Detectives discovered the vehicle was rented by the victim and was later transported to the HCSO Crime Scene Garage for processing.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the victim and determined the cause of the victim's death was a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death as homicide. The gunshot wound was identified as small caliber projectile, which is consistent with a .22 caliber firearm. The victim also sustained a gunshot wound to the upper arm.
The victim's fingernails were collected and submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for forensic processing. Detectives conducted a search of the victim's vehicle and discovered a condom, which appeared to have fluid inside, on the back seat. There were numerous items inside the vehicle, consisting of wrappers, personal items, and paperwork scattered throughout the interior of the vehicle. HCSO Crime Scene Investigators processed the vehicle for fingerprints and touch DNA. It should be noted a fingerprint was discovered on a cigar wrapper which was found on the front passenger side floorboard, and a HCSO Forensic Fingerprint Analyst identified the fingerprint belonging to the defendant.
HCSO Detectives also accessed the defendant's social media Facebook page, which was open to the public and not privatized. On July 2nd, 2015, the defendant posted a photograph of himself pointing what appeared to be a .22 caliber revolver, black in color.
Detectives spoke with a witness. The witness was placed under oat h, and informed Detectives the defendant came to the witness' residence the day after victim's murder, and said, "I think I killed somebody!" The witness observed the defendant carrying a tote bag and recognized it as the tote bag the defendant routinely carries his firearm in. The defendant also made reference that he "shot" the victim and the incident occurred "Across Fletcher!"
It should be noted these references are consistent with the location and observations at the crime scene.
The witness also informed Detectives he had seen the defendant in possession of a .22 caliber revolver, which had duct tape wrapped around the handle of the gun, prior to the incident. Detectives showed the witness the Facebook photograph of the defendant pointing the .22 caliber revolver, and the witness identified the revolver in the photograph as the gun he observed the defendant
to be in possession of. The witness also informed Detectives he observed a scratch on the right side of his neck, and identified the scratch to consistent with that of a fight. This scratch was observed after the homicide.
Detectives made contact with another witness, who provided a sworn statement. The witness informed Detectives the defendant had asked him if he knew about the victim in the park. The defendant told the witness, "That was me!" The witness also observed the defendant in possession a .22 caliber revolver, which had duct tape wrapped around the handle of the gun. The witness also positively identified the defendant in the Facebook photograph holding the .22 caliber revolver. The witness also observed a scratch on the defendant's neck, more specifically, the right side of his neck after the homicide. Additional interviews conducted with witnesses revealed a personal relationship between the defendant and the victim.
Detectives also spoke with another witness, who resides at the residence where the Facebook photograph was taken. The witness informed Detectives he had observed the defendant with a .22 caliber revolver in early July, 2015. The defendant was personally known to the witness and he positively identified the .22 caliber firearm in the Facebook photograph to that of the .22 caliber revolver he observed the defendant in possession of in early July. The witness also positively identified the defendant as the person pointing the revolver in the photograph.
Detectives were notified by FDLE that a DNA Profile from the victim's fingernails, as well as a DNA profile from the condom which was found in the rear seat was developed. The DNA Profile was entered into CODIS and both profiles were positively identified to that of the defendant.
Detectives learned the .22 caliber revolver, which was observed in the defendant's possession from the Facebook photograph, was sold to a known witness after the homicide. That person was placed under oath and informed Detectives he had purchased the .22 caliber revolver from the defendant for $50.00, on Sunday, July 26, 2015. The witness was personally known to the defendant and positively identified the defendant and the firearm from the aforementioned Facebook photograph. The firearm was recovered by the Tampa Police Department.
The defendant had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and turned himself into the HCSO District One Office located at 14102 North 20th Street in Tampa, Florida.
The defendant was interviewed by Detectives,however the defendant invoked his right to counsel.