Couple seeks reward money
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The homeowners who provided police with the eerie surveillance video of the hooded man accused in a string of fatal shootings that terrorized a Florida neighborhood during October and November now want a piece of the $110,000 reward.
Police in Tampa released the video that showed a man slowly walking down a Seminole Heights street just before an Oct. 9 shooting and then running in the opposite direction moments later.
The cameras are attached to Patrick and Kelly Holladay’s bungalow. They told the Tampa Bay Times it would have been nice to have shared in the reward. That money was given to a McDonald’s manager, Delonda Walker, who helped break the case when the suspect in the killings handed her a paper bag with a gun inside on Nov. 28. She showed it to a police officer who was in the restaurant.
Howell Donaldson III was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton.
Most of the donors who contributed to the reward fund conferred with Tampa police before Chief Brian Dugan and Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced that Walker would get the money.
“I was not amused that we weren’t considered for anything,” said Kelly Holladay, 50. “We put ourselves in jeopardy and helped police immensely. I hate to say these words but we might seek legal advice.”