St. Pete man accused of setting fire to cover up homicide
Police say a St. Petersburg man set fire to his own house to cover up the murder of his daughter’s boyfriend. Daniel Thomas Papaleo, 60, 1030 13th St. N., faces charges of first-degree murder and arson in the death of 34-year-old Robert Scott Greaves. Greaves, who lived at 527 Eighth St. N., Apt. 2, had a child with Papaleo’s daughter, according to St. Petersburg Police. Papaleo invited Greaves over to his home on Wednesday, then hit him repeatedly in the back of the head with a hammer, police department spokesman Mike Puetz said. Then Papaleo set fire to his home in two spots to cover up the crime, according to police.A neighbor heard Greaves yelling for help from Papaleo’s house in the Euclid St. Paul neighborhood and walked toward the house to investigate, police said. The neighbor saw Papaleo standing inside the house breathing heavily and then, a few minutes later, saw flames coming from the house, police reported. St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue responded to the fire shortly before 6:30 p.m. Arson investigators found an accelerant at the house, according to police. Police also found the hammer there. Papaleo was hospitalized because of injuries sustained in the fire but has been transferred to the medical wing of the Pinellas County Jail, where he is being held without bail.