Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-704

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 3, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect Charged in Homicide Investigation

    Sara Dearman is in custody in Laurel, Mississippi on unrelated charges.
    • Thursday
    • September 6, 2018
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • 7702 Sligh Avenue East
    • Tampa

    Update #5

    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
    DOB 07/24/1989
    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. 



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