Crime journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 8, 2008


FOX TV puts heroic deputy in spotlight

A Pinellas County sheriff's deputy who foiled a carjacking at Seminole Mall could win $10,000 for his actions. Deputy Scott Reid was shopping with his family in February 2007 when he saw a man acting suspiciously. Reid called 911, but before anyone responded, the man put on a mask, pulled a gun and tried to get into a car. Reid chased the man, who turned his gun on the deputy. Reid fired twice, wounding the man. Now Reid has been named as one of eight finalists for the America's Most Wanted All-Star Award. His story is scheduled to play at 9 tonight on Fox TV. Viewers will be able to vote on which of the eight should win the $10,000 grand prize.


3 men indicted in separate slayings

A grand jury has indicted three men, including one man accused of killing his mother and stepfather last month, on murder charges. Jackie Lee Braden, 36, was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, Sherrill, and stepfather, David Wright. Both 54-year-olds were found shot dead in their Shady Hills home; there was evidence they had been robbed. Also indicted:

-Derral Wayne Hodgkins. 48, of Shady Hills is accused of killing Teresa Lodge, 46, whose bloody body was found Sept. 28, 2006, in her Land O'Lakes apartment. Evidence found underneath her fingernails matched Hodgkins' DNA.

-Bryan Gregory Heater, 27, of New Port Richey is accused of a Feb. 24 shooting in a strip club parking lot that killed Kellie Zorka, 27.


Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

A trail of blood and a car returning to the scene of a stabbing led to the arrest of a St. Petersburg woman on an attempted homicide charge, police said. Police said Jacqueline D. Barber was riding in a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by her boyfriend, Andre Boykins Jr., when the two began arguing sometime after 1 a.m. When the car stopped in front of Barber's mother's house, 932 11th Ave. S, Barber stabbed the 54-year-old Boykins in the neck, police said. It is unclear what type of weapon she used. Police found a pool of blood. Shortly after, police said, the PT Cruiser returned to the home, and Barber, 44, was arrested. Police believe she drove Boykins to Bayfront Medical Center. His condition was not immediately available.