Corey Watkins arrested in Pinellas Park murder

PUBLISHED Sun, November 27, 2016 - 12:37pm EST
Credit: Pinellas Park Police

A 27-year-old man identified as Corey Watkins has been arrested in last week's murder of Will Hodges, who was found dead behind a shopping center in Pinellas Park. Watkins has been charged but denies any involvement. (more)

Watkins, who is a transient, came to the attention of detectives after his fingerprints were found in the blood of the victim, whose body had been left in a dumpster behind the Shoppes at Park Place at 7310 US Highway 19 North.

"Watkins was located in the early morning hours of [Sunday] and taken into custody without incident," police spokesman Sgt. Michael Lynch said. "During the questioning of Watkins he admitted to having previously stayed at the location where the homicide occurred, but he denied any knowledge of the death of Mr. Hodges."

Watkins was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and charged with one count of second-degree murder. "The investigation will continue by detectives to try and determine a motive for the murder," Sgt. Lynch added, providing no further information.

The body of Hodges, who was 38 and formerly of St. Petersburg, was found at about 6:15 p.m. on November 19 when two individuals were collecting cardboard from the area around the dumpsters at The Shoppes at Park Place.

FOR LIVE UPDATES: Twitter, Facebook

  Pinellas Park, FL     





Happening Now

Iran’s supposed missile launch was fake, U.S. officials say

Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months for sexting with 15-year-old girl

Polls open in Iraqi Kurdistan to vote on independence

Saudi Arabia Allows Women Into National Stadium for 1st Time

Merkel wins re-election as far-right AfD enters parliament


Listen to "BNO News - Breaking News Radio" on Spreaker.



Just want the important news? Sign up now for the fastest email alerts from BNO News. Click here to get started!


1 dead, 7 injured after gunman opens fire at Tennessee church

‘Active shooter’ alert at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus

Active shooter on Elm Street in New Haven, at least 3 shot

North Korean foreign minister to address UN on Saturday

Florida Amber Alert: 4 children abducted from Bradenton


Martin Shkreli sent to jail for bounty on Hillary Clinton’s hair

‘The Sopranos’ actor Frank Vincent dead at 80

1 dead in shooting at Washington state high school

Major 8.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off southern Mexico

Credit reporting firm Equifax reports data breach affecting 143 million people