Two men released after questioning in Riverview fatal stabbing
Lawrence Bongiovanni, 20, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of Riverview convenience store clerk Kenneth Lee Redding. JOHN CEBALLOS/STAFF; CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Published: July 11, 2013
Updated: July 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM
TAMPA - Two men who were interviewed in connection with the fatal stabbing Wednesday of a Riverview convenience store clerk have been released. Hillsborough County deputies said Russell Travis Beasley, 25, and Brandan Garret Green, 23, were questioned into the early morning today but were released because there was not enough evidence to connect them to the slaying of Kenneth Redding. Redding, 54, was found with multiple stab wounds at the 7-Eleven at 11015 Bloomingdale Ave. on Wednesday about 1:30 a.m. By about 6 p.m., authorities had captured Beasley, Green and Lawrence Bongiovanni, 20, the Brandon man investigators said carried out the killing.
Bongiovanni is being held without bail at the Charlotte County Jail on a charge of first-degree murder, awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County. Bongiovanni was arrested by a sheriff's deputy who spotted him walking along a road in Charlotte County. About the same time, a Sarasota County sheriff's deputy pulled over two men on Fruitville Road in a car investigators said was used by the killer. Investigators said they were able to track down the men through scratch-off lottery tickets stolen from the 7-Eleven and later cashed. Both men started cashing in winning tickets hours after the killing, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee said. A few of the tickets, which are as traceable as debit cards, were cashed in the Tampa area, Gee said. At 9 a.m., another ticket was traded for cash in Nokomis, just north of Venice, he said. An hour later, several more were cashed at stores in Charlotte County, Gee said. Detectives are still attempting to determine what role Beasley and Green may have played regarding the cashing of the lottery tickets. Gee said the suspects have "a complete disregard for human life" and that robbery might not have even been the motive for the crime. "This does not appear to be a robbery gone bad," Gee said. "Bongiovanni went in with the intent to attack the clerk." Anyone with information was asked to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.