Crime & Courts
Friend of victims jailed in Seffner double homicide
TAMPA - A man was charged Tuesday night in the slayings of two Seffner roommates Sunday in the mobile home park where they lived near Interstate 4, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said. Charles Anthony Foster, 23, of Seffner, was a friend and frequently visited the victims, Joshua Deas and Kenneth Simmons, the sheriff’s office said. Foster has been charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of robbery with a weapon, the sheriff’s office said. The mother of one of the victims discovered the bodies when she came to the mobile home, 1014 N. Parsons Ave. No. 10, to take him to do laundry. Both victims had injuries to their upper bodies, apparently from an edged or weighted instrument such as an axe or a hatchet, the sheriff’s office said.Detectives found that Simmons’ 1998 Isuzu Rodeo has been stolen along with items from the home, the sheriff’s office said. During the investigation, detectives learned Foster tried to fraudulently cash a check from Simmons’ checking account and withdraw money from an ATM using Deas’ debit card, the sheriff’s office said. Video surveillance captured Foster driving Simmons’ Isuzu Rodeo and pawning items that belonged to Deas, the sheriff’s office said. On early Tuesday morning, Foster was arrested at his home, 703 Lindenview Lane, for violation of probation on a false information conviction, the sheriff’s office said. He was arrested Tuesday night after a search of his home.