SARASOTA HERALAD TRIBUNE....Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Charles L. Hill Jr., of the 4100 block of Westminster Drive, as he left a shopping center. Hill is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond. A witness told the sheriff's office Hill asked him for a ride to Gulf Gate Drive and Gateway Avenue on the night of the murder in the Gulf Gate Bar area, where Brotherton was later shot, because he needed to see someone who owed him money.
The Gulf Gate library surveillance camera caught the shooting and the suspect fleeing in Brotherton's car with the trunk open. The witness, who was waiting in Boar's Head Lounge in Gulf Gate, told the sheriff's office he saw a car looking like Brotherton's being driven by Hill, who did not stop.
Just after midnight on Nov. 22, Hill contacted the witness and asked to be picked up on U.S. 41, just north of Stickney Point Road. When the witness picked Hill back up, Hill told him, "He started mouthing off to me and would not get in the trunk so I shot him," according to the sheriff's office.
Charles Lee Hill jr lived in the 4100 block of Westminster Drive of Lake Sarasota, an all-night operation coordinated by investigative detectives, undercover detectives and SWAT resulted in Hill's arrest Saturday as he exited a shopping center in Gulf Gate.
There was a heavy presence of Sarasota Sheriff Deputies and SWAT in and around the Gulf Gate bar district on Saturday afternoon. A SWAT vehicle was parked behind the West End Pub and undercover police SUV's and a K-9 unit were parked behind the SCAT Sarasota Pavilion Bus Stop on Mall Dr in the Gulf Gate Mall right next to Michael’s Arts and Carfts.
Charles Lee Hill jr is 31 years old, Hill has a history of traffic violations in Manatee County and Sarasota County dating back to March of 2000, but his listed address in Court records is in Sarasota Fl, see link CLICK HERE. Charles lee Hill jr is originally from the North East, Pennsylvania.
Charles Lee Hill jr, DOB 8/16/1980, charged with HOMICIDE: MURDER WHILE ENGAGED IN CERTAIN FELONY OFFENSE see link to Sarasota Sheriff's Dept. CLICK HERE. Charles Lee Hill jr was arrested Saturday afternoon, 12/3/2011, and booked into the County jail at 2:52 pm.
Just after midnight on Nov. 22, Charles L. Hill jr, (his photo above) contacted the witness and asked to be picked up on U.S. 41, just north of Stickney Point Road. When the witness picked Hill back up, Hill told him, "He started mouthing off to me and would not get in the trunk so I shot him,"
Why did the "witness", who is actually an accessory after the fact in driving the getaway car, wait from November 22nd, the day he knew Charles Hill jr had killed Bus Driver James Brotherton, until Friday December 2nd to call the Sarasota Sheriff Department, "NO SNITCHIN IN THE WHITE TRASH HOOD."
ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT; Whoever, knowing that an offense has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact; one who knowing a felony to have been committed by another, receives, relieves, comforts, or assists the felon in order to hinder the felon's apprehension, trial, or punishment. U.S.C. 18.
I had published several articles about this murder case and had profiled the shooter and what he would look like and the fact that he would be in the Gulf Gate Bar District, see post from December 1st, Murder Suspect of James Brotherton in Gulf Gate Sarasota Caught on Camera, Look For White Male Late 20′s. From the location of where Mr. Brotherton’s car was found, Stickney Point Road and Gateway Drive Sarasota, it appears that the shooter could have been in the Gulf Gate Bar district. The shooter is a white male in his late 20′s or early 30′s, he has an angular face with light beard stuble.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com