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Accused Seminole Heights killer and his parents face judge, next court hearings scheduled

Posted: 6:06 AM, Jan 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-26 22:32:31Z
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court
Parents of Seminole Heights suspect in court

TAMPA, Fla. — Both the accused Seminole Heights killer and his parents faced a judge on Friday morning. 

During the hearing, WFTS learned Howell Donaldson III had just found out he is facing the death penalty before going into court Friday morning. His next court hearing was scheduled for June 12 at 9 a.m. 

His parents, Howell Donaldson Junior and his wife, Rosita Donaldson, were also in court and the judge scheduled their next court hearing for February 9, 2018. The couple faces potential contempt of court charges after they refused to answer questions regarding their sons' case.

Howell Emanuel Donaldson III is accused of killing four people over a span of six weeks in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa. He was booked into jail on November 29 and charged with four counts of First-Degree murder in connection to the murders of  Benjamin Mitchell Monica Hoffa Anthony Naiboa  and  Ronald Felton .

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Seminole Heights Killings: Howell Donaldson III held without bond, faces 4 counts 1st degree murder

Timeline of events: What led to the arrest of Howell Donaldson III, suspected Seminole Heights Killer

Arrest documents reveal key evidence against suspected Seminole Heights killer

State will seek death penalty against Howell Donaldson III

Parents of accused Seminole Heights killer to go before a judge for refusing to answer questions

On Tuesday, the State announced that they plan to  seek the death penalty against Donaldson.