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Police still seek slaying suspect
By RODNEY THRASH, Times Staff Writer
Published December 9, 2007
Timothy Blackwelder, 24, a former state prisoner, is now accused of murder.
TAMPA - Pamela Sansom had one thing to say to the man suspected of killing of her son.
"Coward," she said.
On Saturday, one day after police found her son shot dead inside a Sitka Street home, Sansom was preparing to make funeral arrangements for George Anthony Stewart, a 24-year-old father of toddler twins.
"How do you hold up when somebody's murdered your son?" she said. "I haven't even been able to see him."
As the Stewart family mourned, Tampa police weren't any closer to finding their suspect, Timothy Blackwelder, 24, of Tampa.
Late Friday, police issued a first-degree murder and armed burglary warrant for Blackwelder, who was released from state prison Jan. 17. He served seven years for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and grand theft.
Tampa police have offered no new information in the case. They still didn't know the whereabouts of Stewart's 22-year-old wife, Brittani, or his car, a 2006 silver Dodge Caravan with license tag 209-IAP.
"We have no more updates on that homicide," police Lt. Ron McMullen said.
The family was tight-lipped, too. "They're still searching is all I can tell you," Sansom said.
She started sobbing, then said one last thing before hanging up the phone.
"If he wanted Brittani so bad," she said of her son's suspected killer, "he should have just took her and left my son alone."