Homicide Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
- Robbery & Homicide Unit

Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO)

James Riddle (Suspect - Charged)
DOB: 06/29/1975
Charges: One count of First Degree Murder

Aaron Reny (Victim – Deceased January 2018)
DOB: 11/30/1980

John Roland (Victim – Deceased February 2010)
DOB: 02/26/1985

What: 
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit have charged 42-year-old James Riddle with first degree murder.

When: 
The murder of victim John Roland and the attempted murder of victim Aaron Reny occurred on Thursday, February 4, 2010.

James Riddle was arrested on February 4, 2010 and charged with First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder.

Riddle plead guilty to these charges on October 17, 2012 and was sentenced to 38 years with the Florida Department of Corrections.

Victim Aaron Reny was pronounced deceased on January 13, 2018, due to delayed complications of multiple gunshot wounds. 

Where: 
The murder and attempted murder occurred in the area of 3365 57th Avenue North, in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

Why/How:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit have charged 42-year-old James Riddle with first degree murder.

At about 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2010, detectives responded to a homicide in the area of 3365 57th Avenue North, in unincorporated St. Petersburg. The first victim, 25-year-old John Roland, was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The second victim, 30-year-old Aaron Reny, was alive and being treated at a local hospital for multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives say the suspect was identified as 35-year-old James Riddle. Riddle was taken into custody on February 4, 2010 and charged with First Degree Murder and First Degree Attempted Murder. Detectives advise the shooting was over a drug related argument.

On October 17, 2012, Riddle plead guilty to First Degree Murder and First Degree Attempted Murder and was sentenced to 38 years with the Florida Department of Corrections.

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Aaron Reny was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) assumed custody of Reny’s body and an autopsy was conducted. The MEO concluded that Reny died as a result of delayed complications of the multiple gunshot wounds that occurred on February 4, 2010.

On Monday, February 5, 2018, Riddle was transported to the Pinellas County Jail from Okeechobee Correctional Facility and charged with First Degree Murder.

The investigation continues.


Riddle booking photo. 

Posted by Spencer Gross Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6:20:00 PM Categories: Crimes Against Persons

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