Florida man fatally shot during argument over parking space

Posted at 9:54 AM, Sep 06, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A 26-year-old man is accused of killing a man during an argument over a parking spot outside a Florida duplex.

Pinellas County Sheriff's investigators say Deshon Powers fatally shot 31-year-old Derek Omasta late Saturday while arguing over a parking space.

Samantha Omasta tells the Tampa Bay Times she still doesn't understand why the dispute started and how it escalated so quickly, adding "none of it makes any sense."

She says this was supposed to be a big week for the couple as they planned to announce her pregnancy Thursday, which was her 32nd birthday. Instead, she spent the day at a funeral home.

Powers is charged with first-degree murder. He was released Monday after posting a $750,000 bond. Attorney Theresa Jean-Pierre says his legal team plans to "vigorously" defend him.