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HCSO Detectives charged Sara Rose Dearman with Murder in the 1st Degree (with a Weapon), Armed Burglary of a Dwelling and Armed Carjacking this afternoon in connection with the September 6th murder of Michael Stephey, (DOB 12-20-1951). Dearman is currently in custody in Laurel, Mississippi after an arrest by local authorities on unrelated charges on September 21, 2018. The timeline for extradition is unknown.
Sara Rose Dearman
Warrant Issued 10/01/2018
- 782.04(1)(A)1 - Murder in the 1st Degree (with a Weapon)
- 810.02(2)(B) - Armed Burglary of a Dwelling
- 812.133(2)(A) - Armed Carjacking
All Charges are Felonies
Michael Stephey, 66
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a Homicide at 7702 Sligh Avenue East. Around 5:56 p.m., on September 6, HCSO received a 911 call concerning a deceased male discovered inside a mobile home.