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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.

    Arrested:


    Sara Rose Dearman
    White/Female
    DOB 07/24/1989
    Warrant Issued 10/01/2018

    Charges:

    • 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

    Victim:

    Michael Stephey, 66

    Details:

    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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