Howell Emanuel Donaldson III: Suspected Seminole Heights serial killer held without bond

Posted at 9:51 AM, Nov 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 11:41:47-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --The suspect in a string of fatal shootings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood was ordered held without bond.

During a first appearance hearing before Tampa Judge Margaret R. Taylor on Thursday morning, 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson III stood silently as the judge discussed the charges with his attorneys and prosecutors.

Donaldson is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of four people in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in October and November.

Family members of the victims, some wearing Seminole Heights shirts, watched from the courtroom. Donaldson appeared via video from the Hillsborough County Jail. He was shackled and wore a sleeveless, blue padded anti-suicide vest. Two bailiffs held him by the arms during the hearing.

Taylor set a Tuesday hearing to determine whether he will be held without bond until his trial.