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First degree Murder with a Firearm x 1 (Felony)
Felon in Possession of Firearm x 1 (Felony)
Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling x 1 (Felony)
Just before 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested Lenton Chambers in connection with the homicide of his estranged wife, Evelyn Chambers, (01/12/83). Chambers shot and killed his wife on September 7th in her home at 3675 Sugarcreek Drive. This arrest was based on witness interviews and physical evidence recovered during this investigation. Lenton Chambers was charged with one count of 1st Degree Murder with a Firearm, one count Felon in Possession of a Firearm and one count of Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling.
At the time of the homicide, the Sheriff's Office was in the process of serving an Order of Protection signed by a Hillsborough County Judge. The Chambers were in the process of getting divorced and had a series of domestic violence incidents that are chronologically outlined below:
January 07, 2018
Non-violent dispute between the victim and Lenton Chambers over Lenton taking the Evelyn's phone.
March 04, 2018
Allegations from each individual of a physical altercation against the other.
Lenton Chambers is arrested as a result of this incident.
Case was "no filed" by the State Attorney's Office on 04/02/18 due to "Lack of Evidence" and "not being able to disprove the defendant's self-defense claim."
April 27, 2018
Lenton was allowed in the home by Evelyn's children. When she arrived later in the evening, she let him remain in the home and she went to sleep. Lenton woke Evelyn up around 3:00 a.m. while holding a gun and accused her of having compromising photos of herself on her phone. He told her he wasn't going to shoot her but wanted to scare her. He left the home with her phone. Later that day, after work, Lenton arrived back at the residence looking for another man in the house. Evelyn attempted to retrieve her phone from him and a struggle ensued where he kicked her twice in the head.
April 28, 2018
Lenton Chambers was arrested and charged for Aggravated Assault and the State Attorney filed an additional charge of Battery - Improper exhibition of a firearm based on the April 27 incident. This case stemming from these charges was scheduled for a jury trial on October 1, 2018.
August 27, 2018
Court Issues an Injunction against Lenton Chambers preventing contact with Evelyn
Received by HCSO Service of Process Unit later in the afternoon
August 28, 2018
Deputy assigned the injunction to serve against Lenton Chambers.
August 29, 2018
First Attempt at service
Lenton Chambers was not located
Evelyn Chambers calls 911 and said she believed Lenton Chambers attempted to disable her car and that he had followed her that day. She told the responding Deputy that Lenton knew there was an injunction against him even though it had not been officially served and that he was angry about it.
September 4, 2018
Second Attempt at service
Lenton Chambers was not located
September 7, 2018
Lenton Chambers kills Evelyn Chambers