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Final Tally of 2014 Homicides in Manatee County -- In 2014, there were 15 murders overall in Manatee County; there were 10 murders in unincorporated Manatee County, 3 in the City of Bradenton, and 2 in the City of Palmetto.

Final Tally of 2013 Homicides in Manatee County -- In 2013, there were 13 murders overall in Manatee County; there were 3 murders in unincorporated Manatee County, 9 in the City of Bradenton, and 1 in the City of Palmetto.

Final Tally of 2012 Homicides in Manatee County -- In 2012, there were 27 murders overall in Manatee County; there were 19 murders in unincorporated Manatee County, 4 in the City of Bradenton, and 4 in the City of Palmetto.

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Final Tally of
2014 Homicides
In Manatee County

In 2014, there were 15 homicides overall in
Manatee County; there have been ten
in unincorporated Manatee County,
three in the City of Bradenton, and
two in the City of Palmetto.**


MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- Overall, in unincorporated Manatee County, there ten homicides; the City of Bradenton claimed three, and the City of Palmetto had two. The total number of homicides -- 15 -- represents a huge decrease from 2012.

The number of homicides in 2012 were: 27 murders overall in Manatee County; there were 19 murders in unincorporated Manatee County, 4 in the City of Bradenton, and 4 in the City of Palmetto. The number of homicides in 2011 overall in Manatee County, 16, was one less than in 2010; there were twelve murders in unincorporated Manatee County, two in the City of Bradenton, and two in the City of Palmetto. In 2010, there were 17 homicides overall in the county. There were 13 homicides in unincorporated Manatee County, three in the City of Palmetto, and one in the City of Bradenton.

Listed below are all fifteen homicides from 2014, in chronological order. Homicides in municipalities are bracketed "[x]".

All homicides in 2014 were investigated by the newly formed Manatee County Homicide Task Force, comprised of homicide detectives from the county and each municipality.

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January 24, 2014 -- Willie Lee Jones, 65, was shot to death at 5007 13th Street West, in Palmetto. Detectives later arrested George Williamson, Jr., 71m who allegedly was a friend of Jones. Williamson has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He is being held without bond in the Manatee County Jail.

February 20, 2014 -- Dakota A. Smith, 15, of the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Blvd. East, Bradenton, was shot and killed by an unknown assailant. This is the first homicide in the City of Bradenton in 2014. [BPD]

March 23, 2014 -- Javare Thomas, 26, of Sarasota, was shot in Palmetto on Haben Blvd. by a drive-by shooter. Thomas later died at Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he was taken by friends. The shooter has not been identified by Palmetto Police. [PPD]

May 2, 2014 -- Helen Vanorden, 79, was discovered deceased inside her apartment at 204 46th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton, by her son. An autopsy was performed and preliminary results show the manner of death is homicide. The cause of death is not being released at this time. Detectives have arrested Richard W. Matthews Jr., 32, of Bradenton. Matthews has been charged with Murder and Burglary in connection with the death of Ms. Vanorden. The motive appears to be burglary. Matthews knew of the victim through a family member of the victim.

June 23, 2014 -- Samuel Lamar Edwards, 29, was discovered dead inside a parked vehicle at 5815 11th Street East, Bradenton. Further details about the victim, including his manner of death, are not being released at this time, the report said.

July 12, 2014 -- Jared Lakes, 27, was shot and killed by Shawn McCoy, 28, following an argument between the two men. Lakes died at a local hospital. McCoy has been charged with 2nd Degree Murder and has been released from the Manatee County Jail. [BPD]

July 28, 2014 -- Teria'le Rawls was shot and killed outside the Royal Palm Movie Theater, off U.S. 301, in Bradenton, following an altercation with a group of subjects. Two young men by the names of Brice & Dudley were arrested.

Sept. 21, 2014 -- Israel Hernandez was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his residence in the 500 block of 11th Street West, in Palmetto. Hernandez later died at a local hospital. No arrests have been made. [PPD]

October 5, 2014 -- Herman A. Tabora-Discua, 28, was stabbed to death outside Mami Carmen's Bar, 5604 15th Street East, Bradenton, following a fight between himself and Melvin Quevedo, 21, of Bradenton. Quevedo has been arrested and charged with Murder. He is being held at the Manatee County Jail on a $100,000 bail bond.

October 24, 2014 -- David Moreno-Rojas, 23, was found shot to death behind two duplexes in the 400 block of 33rd Avenue East, Bradenton. He did not live there. Detectives are following several leads in the case but no arrests have been made at this time.

Dec. 4, 2014 -- James "Tripp" Battle, 31, of Bayshore Baptist Church, Amber Avalos, 33 and Denise Potter, 46, a family friend, were all found dead on the same day. Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, was taken into custody two days later on Dec. 6th. Avalos has been charged with 3 counts of 1st Degree Murder and is being held without bond in the Manatee County Jail.

Dec. 13, 2014 -- Zory Jenkins, 16, was shot and killed in the vicinity of the 700 block of 12th Avenue West, Bradenton. There were no witnesses to the shooting. This case has not been solved. [BPD]

Dec. 20, 2014 -- Samuel Conde, 25, was discovered dead from a gunshot wound in a driveway in the 3600 block of 9th Street East, Bradenton, following a confrontation with unknown persons. No arrests have been made in this case.

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** Vehicular homicides in Manatee County reported by the Florida Highway Patrol are not included in this report.




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