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A Florida man is facing a slew of charges, including two counts of felony murder, after allegedly killing his girlfriend and her lover while he was out on bond in relation to a manslaughter charge.
Kenyatta Bellamy, 50, is alleged to have used a hammer and a knife to kill his girlfriend and her lover before setting their Davenport home ablaze on Friday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release issued over the weekend. Following his arrest, he was charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted felony murder, one count of arson, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Authorities responded to the home at around 10 p.m. on Friday night and found a fire in the master bedroom that had put itself out, as well as two deceased individuals with injuries suggesting that they’d sustained physical trauma, according to the release. There was blood in the home and first responders with Polk Fire Rescue, as well as responding deputies, found a gas can at the scene and said they could smell gasoline.
Just days before, on March 24, Bellamy posted bond and was released from the Osceola County Jail, where he was being held for a failure to appear charge in relation to a DUI manslaughter charge from 2018, according to the sheriff’s office. He spent a year in custody before being released and, upon returning home, found that his girlfriend, who lived in his house while he was away, had allowed another man to move in, according to authorities. Bellamy was allegedly furious and he grew more frustrated when he called his mother and tried to arrange to visit her in Miami, but then found that he would not be able to take a bus to do so, due to the coronavirus.
Bellamy told authorities that when he went inside the house and found his girlfriend and the man having sex, he “lost it,” according to the release. He is alleged to have used a hammer and a knife to kill both parties, and then lit a fire in the bedroom and closed the door.
The fire was reported after Bellamy’s cousin visited the home but got no answer upon knocking, and then smelled smoke.
The slain couple’s names have not been released, and autopsies are expected to reveal the specific cause of death in each case, according to the sheriff’s office. The injuries observed on their bodies, however, do point to the manner with which Bellamy is alleged to have killed them.
The female victim leaves behind an 8-year-old son, who was close enough to Bellamy to call him “daddy,” despite Bellamy not being of any blood relation, the office said.
Sheriff Grady Judd called the killings an "awful tragedy" in a recent statement and suggested that Bellamy should not have been released from custody in the first place.
“If this suspect had remained in jail where he belonged, these two victims would still be alive. We are still piecing together why, after spending almost a year in jail, he was allowed to bond out,” he said. “This is an awful tragedy that should never have happened. These people were brutally murdered, and an 8-year-old boy is left without a mother.”
Friday’s murder marks the third occasion that Bellamy was allegedly responsible for the death of others, according to Judd. His lengthy criminal history includes a second manslaughter charge from between 1993 and 2001, as well as robbery, assault, and various weapons charges.
Bellamy remains in custody at the Polk County Jail, online jail records show. It is currently unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
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