Detectives Arrest Suspect in 2008 Homicide

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SUSPECT: Cedric Jermaine Barnes, B/M, 12/12/1982, 3202 North 44th Street, Tampa

CHARGES: First Degree Murder, Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Armed Burglary

VICTIM: Roger Lee, W/M, 03/09/1942, 1333 Pine Grove Road, Nicholls, GA

DATE OF OFFENSE: February 22, 2008, 4 a.m.

LOCATION OF OFFENSE: 3601 East Columbus Drive, Tampa

DETAILS: The victim arrived at the Clorox plant to make a scheduled delivery. He parked his tractor-trailer on the west side of the business outside the security fence and waited for the plant to open. While Lee was sitting in the sleeper cab of his truck assembling a model airplane, the suspect entered his truck through the unlocked driver’s side door. The suspect demanded the victim’s wallet at gunpoint and shot him one time in the chest. His wallet was left open on the front seat of the truck. Mr. Lee was able to crawl out of the truck, but he died at the scene. In February of this year, Cold Case Detective Eric Houston resubmitted fingerprints that were on the victim’s wallet. The prints matched the suspect who lived eight blocks from the murder scene on the date of the crime. In March 2011, Detective Houston interviewed the suspect and he denied being at the scene or ever knowing Roger Lee. After that interview, the suspect told an associate that he committed the murder. He admitted his intent was to rob the victim, but said he was angry when the victim only had $15 and shot him. The victim’s family lives in Georgia and they were notified today of the charges. Detectives filed the murder charge today against the suspect who is in Florida state prison on unrelated charges.