RIVERVIEW, Fla. - UPDATE: Lawrence Bongiovanni, 20, has been charged on one count of First Degree Premeditated Murder with a Weapon in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 7-Eleven clerk that occurred early Tuesday morning.
Police interviewed Bongiovanni, 25-year-old Russell Beasley and 23-year-old Brandan Garrett Green into the early morning hours Wednesday about the murder, but Beasley and Garrett were released because detectives say there is not enough evidence to connect them to the murder of the deceased clerk, Kenneth Redding.
PREVIOUS REPORT: Detectives are still attempting to get additional evidence and information on the role they may have played after the homicide, however, Beasley and Green are fully cooperating with investigators.
Bonginvanni has been booked into the Charlotte County Jail without bound, awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County Jail.
Friends and neighbors of Beasley and Bongiovanni have come forward, saying they hung out with the two men hours before the crime occurred and several hours after.
"They were fine," said Mandi, a friend who said she hung out with the men around 11 p.m. Tuesday. "We were sitting on the porch talking, laughing and they were both fine, actually."
Mandi, who declined to give her last name, told ABC Action News that Beasley and Bongiovanni recently became roommates at a trailer home off Krycul Avenue.
Shannon Audet said she was also part of the group hanging out Tuesday night.
"He [Bongiovanni] is not vindictive or vicious. Neither one of them are," said Audet. "They are very sweet, quiet kids."
Hillsborough County deputies say surveillance video taken inside the 7-Eleven shows the men were out for blood.
"I don't know that robbery was even a motive," explained Sheriff David Gee. "Or, it was just a motive to kill this person."
Deputies say surveillance video shows Bongiovanni walk into a bathroom and then exit seven or eight minutes later when the clerk, Kenneth Redding, 54, was alone and vulnerable.
The video also shows Bongiovanni in a dark hoodie and jeans, crouching low in an aisle to sneak up on his prey, deputies say. The rest of the video was not released to the media because it shows the murder taking place.
Jimmy Walker, a regular customer at the store in Riverview said he was making his typical stop to the store on Bloomingdale and Providence around 1:30 a.m. when he noticed the clerk was not at the counter.
He made his way down the aisles, and found Redding suffering from numerous stab wounds and bleeding profusely. So much so, he said, it was hard to get over to Redding.
"I saw what I thought the wounds were, and grabbed a bunch of napkins that I could plug him with," Walker said.
Right before he entered the store, he said, he noticed a man dashing out of the store and taking off on foot, but his concerns were with helping an ailing Redding.
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