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Slaying suspect returned

Tarpon Springs investigators say the man, extradited to face a trial, had led them to the remains of a slain hairstylist.

By DIANE STEINLE

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 24, 2000


TARPON SPRINGS -- The suspect in last year's slaying of popular hairstylist and fashion designer Panormitis "Michael" Markonios has been extradited to Pinellas County to face a murder charge.

William G. Mahood, 28, was arrested in February 1999 on a violation of parole charge after an Ohio state trooper spotted him with Markonios' red Porsche at an interstate highway rest stop.

At the time of Mahood's arrest, Markonios, 36, had been missing for two weeks and was the subject of a nationwide search.

Tarpon Springs police said they wanted to talk to a man who had been seen with Markonios in the days before he disappeared. Markonios had told friends that the man had a 666 tattoo and carried a knife.

There were no leads on Markonios' whereabouts until Mahood, who had a 666 tattoo, was arrested. Tarpon Springs investigators flew to Ohio to question Mahood and said he directed them to a plastic container outside a business on Island Avenue in an industrial area of north Tarpon Springs. Markonios' remains were found inside the container.

A grand jury indicted Mahood on a first-degree murder charge last March. Pinellas County deputies brought him back to Pinellas County this week, and he is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

It could be six months to more than a year before the case goes to trial.

Markonios was described by friends and family as a creative person who enjoyed making sculptures and other artwork from found items. He also made jewelry and designed and sewed his own line of women's clothing.

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