Tuesday, December 04, 2018

SARASOTA POLICE: 3 Unsolved Murders, Bodies Found in North Sarasota Killing Field near Railroad Tracks along Central Ave include Judith Doherty.



SARASOTA POLICE: 3 Unsolved Murders, Bodies Found in North Sarasota Killing Field near Railroad Tracks along Central Ave include Judith Doherty. The cold case homicide of Judith Elaine Doherty, has new developments that will be shared at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Doherty was 23 years old and a resident of Venice, according to the Sarasota Police Department. Police say on July 31, 1988, around 10:30 a.m., Sarasota Police Officers were dispatched to Booker High School that runs along Central Ave and the railroad tracks, after a jogger in the area found Doherty’s body in a field near where the tree line and power lines run parallel to the railroad tracks.
On July 31, 1988, a jogger found the body of Judith Elaine Doherty in a field near Booker High School. Police said she has been beaten, sexually battered and strangled to death. An investigation revealed Doherty was the victim of a homicide by David L. Stephens, according to police Judith’s body was found behind Booker high, where she had been suffocated (strangled). Judith Doherty had a drug problem and had been clean, though she had recently relapsed before her death, Sarasota Police Detective DeFrancisco said. That’s how she ended up in that area of town, No-Go Newtown, David L. Stephens was a drug dealer.

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Sarasota Police Detectives Uses DNA to Solve 30-Year-Old Homicide. Detectives with the Sarasota Police Department served an arrest warrant to David L. Stephens, 62, for Homicide and Sexual Battery on Monday, December 3, 2018, in connection to the 1988 cold case homicide of Judith Elaine Doherty. Stephens is in prison at the DeSoto Correctional Institution in Arcadia on charges of Armed Sexual Battery and Burglary in connection to a February 1989 case that occurred in Sarasota County. He was scheduled to be released in July 2021. On July 31, 1988, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Sarasota Police Officers were dispatched to Booker High School, 3201 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota, after a jogger in the area found Doherty’s body in a field. An investigation revealed Doherty was the victim of a homicide. Doherty was 23 years old and was a resident of Venice, Florida. 

Sarasota Police Detectives used DNA technology that did not exist at the time of the crime and sent evidentiary items of value to be tested at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said Anthony DeFrancisco a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division at the Sarasota Police Department. Stephens’ DNA found at the crime scene linked him to the murder of Doherty. Stephens remains in the DeSoto Correctional Institution.  

NO GO NEWTOWN: Newtown thug and rapist David L. Stephens, 62, raped and murdered Judith Elaine Doherty on July 31, 1988 and then went on to rape another woman during an armed burglary in February 1989. David L. Stephens address at time of the second rape in Feb. 1989 was 3206 Goodrich Ave Newtown Fl just a few blocks from where the 2nd victim lived on Central Ave Newtown Fl and right across the street from Booker High School where Judith Elaine Doherty was raped and murdered.  
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David L. Stephens DNA WAS SENT TO THE F.B.I. IN FEBRUARY OF 1989. Police would have had David L. Stephens DNA back in 1989 after his rape and armed burglary conviction and prison sentence, why did it take so long to link him to rape and murder of Judith Elaine Doherty on July 31, 1988? DNA testing and records were kept by F.B.I. in 1988.
DNA technology was first introduced in criminal court cases around 1988. When the FBI saw the potential for exchanging and comparing DNA profiles to help solve crimes—crimes that might not be solved in any other way—the concept of a national program was born in 1988.
David L. Stephens, 62, Sarasota criminal history and prison terms.
05/26/1987 COCAINE-SALE OR PURCHASE 06/05/1989 SARASOTA 8701608 3Y 6M 0D
05/26/1987 COCAINE-POSSESS 06/05/1989 SARASOTA 8701608 3Y 6M 0D
02/13/1989 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 08/07/1989 SARASOTA 8900422 70Y 0M 0D
02/13/1989 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE 08/07/1989 SARASOTA 8900422 40Y 0M 0D
02/13/1989 SEX BAT/ WPN. OR FORCE 08/07/1989 SARASOTA 8900422 30Y 0M 0D

ABC7 Writes: SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The same DNA technology that helped close the 1999 Deborah Dalzell cold case is being used by other Suncoast police departments to not only solve decades old cold cases but also identify victims. Sarasota Police Department has 26 cold case homicides that detectives are trying to solve. Captain Johnathan Todd and his team of detectives at are constantly sending away DNA samples to labs in hopes of a breakthrough like the Sarasota Sheriff's Office had so that they can solve the cold case homicide of Judith Elaine Doherty murdered in 1988.
SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE Feb 22nd 2003 By MIKE SAEWITZ-- Riding slowly on a quiet, uninterrupted stretch of railroad, two freight train conductors were overwhelmed by a terrible odor. They stopped the train just north of 46th Street and Central Avenue, and followed the eerie smell to the woods. There they found the decomposed body of Zanniel Leverett, a 27-year-old Sarasota man who detectives say was murdered. A dozen Sheriff’s Office and Sarasota police detectives investigated the grisly discovery Thursday afternoon in north Sarasota. “We’re attempting to obtain all his most recent addresses and associates to find out how he met his demise,” sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Bell said. 
Bell would not say how Leverett died, or how detectives knew his death was a homicide. He also would not say how many days Leverett’s body had been in the woods, but reported that Leverett’s mother hadn’t seen him in a few weeks. The body was so badly decomposed that sheriff’s detectives had to identify Leverett through fingerprints. His body was discovered two blocks north of where the body of a Miami rapper was found in 1999. Sheriff’s detectives still haven’t solved the shooting death of Esco Hunter, 27. Leverett had been arrested in Sarasota County more than 20 times on charges including sale of rock cocaine, grand theft auto and armed robbery.
BODIES DUMPED IN NORTH SARASOTA KILLING FIELD: North Sarasota’s Killing Field Along Railroad Tracks Between 44th & 46th Street And Central Ave Two Unsolved Murders, Good Place to Dump a Body. Esco Hunter and Zanniel Leverett were both found dead in North Sarasota in a field along the railroad tracks between 44th Street and 46th Street running along Central Ave, Hunter was murdered in 1999 and Leverett’s body was found in 2003. How many more bodies will show up here?
ESCO HUNTER On December 1, 1999 the body of Esco Hunter was discovered in a field near the railroad tracks in the area of 44th St. and Central Ave. Esco’s death has been ruled a homicide. Esco’s 1998 maroon van was found at the dead-end of Orange Avenue north of Myrtle St. The van had been burned as a result of arson. Esco was from the Miami area and was involved with rap music.
ZANNIEL LEVERETT On February 20, 2003 the body of Zanniel Leverett was discovered approximately 200 yards north of the intersection of 46th St. and Central Ave in a field along the railroad tracks. Zanniel had last been seen in the first week of February. Zanniel a ex-con had a history of using and selling drugs. Zanniel’s death was ruled a homicide.
3 Unsolved Murders With Bodies Found in North Sarasota Killing Field near Railroad Tracks that run Along Central Ave Sarasota Fl. The cold case homicide of Judith Elaine Doherty, has new developments that will be shared at 1 p.m. Tuesday December 4th, 2018. Judith Doherty was 23 years old and a resident of Venice, according to the Sarasota Police Department. Police say on July 31, 1988, around 10:30 a.m., Sarasota Police Officers were dispatched to Booker High School that runs along Central Ave and the railroad tracks, after a jogger in the area found Doherty’s body in a field. An investigation revealed Doherty was the victim of a homicide, according to police Judith’s body was found behind Booker high, where she had been suffocated, (strangled).


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