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More charges for slaying suspect

The former Zephyrhills High football star is accused of failing to show up for a court hearing on an unrelated driving case.

By CHASE SQUIRES, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 21, 2003


ZEPHYRHILLS -- Troubles continued this week for a former Zephyrhills High School football standout awaiting trial on murder charges.

Authorities last week charged Robert Andrew Devonshire Jr., 18, with selling cocaine while free on bail, then on Wednesday charged him with failing to show up in court on a driving charge.

According to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports, Devonshire surrendered March 14 on a warrant accusing him of selling crack cocaine March 6 to an undercover deputy. Investigators say the deputy called Devonshire's mobile phone and set up a buy. The deputy paid Devonshire $100 for the drugs in a deal that was recorded by audio equipment, according to reports.

Devonshire -- free on $100,000 bail on a second-degree murder charge stemming from a May 24 shooting -- was released again Saturday on $5,000 bail after surrendering on the drug charge.

Reports state he was arrested again Wednesday, accused of failing to show up for a March 12 court hearing on an unrelated charge of driving with a suspended license. He was released later in the day on $250 bail.

Prosecutor Phil Van Allen said it was too early to tell if authorities would seek to have the bail revoked on Devonshire's murder charge, based on the new arrests. He said the State Attorney's Office would have to review the charges before deciding if the state would seek a revocation hearing.

According to investigators, Devonshire shot and killed Joel Wigenton, 33, in Zephyrhills. Investigators say Devonshire thought Wigenton had cheated him on a drug deal. His next court appearance on the second-degree murder case is a pretrial hearing scheduled for April 30.

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