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January contempt hearing set for parents of suspect in Seminole Heights killings

January contempt hearing set for parents of suspect in Seminole Heights killings

Their 24-year-old son, Howell Donaldson III, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection to the recent slayings that terrorized Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood.

TAMPA — A judge ordered parents of the man accused in the Seminole Heights murders Thursday to appear before her next month and explain why she shouldnt hold them in civil contempt for refusing to answer investigators questions.

Seminole Heights residents and police had been on edge since October 9, when 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot to death. Police do not believe there are any other suspects in the case. The couple appeared at the state attorney's office Tuesday but refused to answer any questions related to the investigation of their son's alleged involvement in the killings, according to court documents.

The coworker then notified a Tampa Police officer, leading to Donaldson's arrest.

Fernandez told CNN affiliate WFLA that when prosecutors asked about Donaldson's life on Tuesday, one parent responded: "Testify against our son?"

The attorney told the station the parents, who he described as the "perfect family", were interviewed separately and declined to answer questions about their son's mental health, his state of mind before the killings and whether he was under psychiatric care. "They have an interest in protecting their child", he said.

"Everybody is in disbelief", Rosita Donaldson told CNN affiliate WFTS on Friday. "He doesn't have the personality of that character". He was detained after a co-worker told police that Donaldson handed her a bag with a gun inside and told her to watch it for him.

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Howell Donaldson III, a Tampa native and graduate of St. John's University in New York City, is being held in a Hillsborough County jail without bond.

"We are taking every investigative avenue and every investigative tool at our disposal to build the strongest case possible", said Warren.

Howell Donaldson III graduated from St. John's University in NY in January 2017 and was a walk-on for the men's basketball team during the 2011-12 season, according to Brian Browne, executive director of university relations.

Ralph Fernandez, an attorney for the couple, said they haven't slept much since their son was arrested November 28 and charged with four counts of first-degree murder for the apparently random shootings that began in early October in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood. "Our hearts go out to the families and the loss that they have".

Fernandez said, "They are seeking information to kill their son and nothing good can come out of this".

"I prayed for those families when it first started", Rosita Donaldson said, holding back tears.

They previously told FOX 13 news that they still love their son, despite the accusations.


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