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Death Penalty Decision Expected In Tampa Serial Killings

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Howell Emanuel Donaldson III

Authorities are expected to announce a decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a 24-year-old man suspected of randomly killing four people and terrorizing a Tampa neighborhood for several months.

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has called a 10:30 a.m. news conference Tuesday to reveal his decision in the case against Howell Emanuel Donaldson III.

Donaldson was arrested Nov. 28 after police said he gave a bag containing a handgun to a co-worker at a McDonald's restaurant. She turned it over to a police officer who was in the restaurant.

The Seminole Heights neighborhood stopped many outdoor activities as the string of shootings stretched through October and into November. The victims ranged in age from 22 to 60.