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Parents of Florida murder suspect in court for contempt

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 17:04:33-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The parents of a suspect in the random shooting deaths of four people are due in court for a civil contempt hearing for refusing to cooperate with prosecutors.

Howell Donaldson Jr. and Rosita Donaldson are due in Circuit Judge Mark Wolfe's court Friday and could face fines or possible jail time if they continue to refuse to talk to prosecutors about their son, Howell Donaldson III.

The 24-year-old Donaldson has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the October and November shootings of four people in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Howell Donaldson Jr.'s lawyer, Ralph Fernandez, tells the Tampa Bay Times the parents are reluctant to provide information that could be used to help send their 24-year-old son to Death Row. The state is seeking the death penalty.

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