Suspect Arrested in Ybor Nightclub Homicide

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SUSPECT:    Randolph Graham, DOB 2/9/1992, 2607 E 10th Ave., Tampa          

VICTIM:       Elkino Watson, 07/02/1992

DETAILS:     On Wednesday evening, September 9, the suspect in the stabbing death of former University of South Florida football player Elkino Watson turned himself in, accompanied by his lawyer, at Tampa Police Department headquarters in downtown Tampa. The suspect, Randolph Graham, will be charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and attempted murder with a weapon.

According to witnesses, late Saturday and early Sunday, September 6, Elkino Watson and friends attended a party related to the USF vs. FAMU Football Game at the Orpheum Bar at 1915 E 7th Ave. in Ybor City. During the event a man approached a woman and asked her for her phone number. She refused, and witnesses say the man punched the woman, who was known to Watson. At the end of the event, patrons exited the bar and gathered along 7th Avenue. Watson and the suspect, Randolph Graham, began to speak to one another.  Graham removed his sunglasses as they spoke and a fight started.  Graham produced a knife.  Witnesses said they observed Graham with a knife and attempting to stab Watson.  A second victim, Desmond Horne, was engaged in a fight with another patron. Victim Watson attempted to pull the two apart when he was approached by the suspect, and stabbed.  Additionally, Graham stabbed and/or cut Desmond Horne. Graham disengaged, and then went after Watson again, stabbing him several more times. A witness pulled Graham away from Watson.  Graham fled on foot east on 7th Avenue.  Watson continued east on 7th Avenue, then south on 20th Street where he collapsed. 

Tampa Police detectives secured video from witnesses at the scene and began identifying individuals involved in the fight. Ultimately, the investigation led to Graham, whose lawyer contacted Tampa Police on Wednesday.