Trial date set for accused Seminole Heights serial killer

Hillsborough County

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A 2020 trial date has been set for accused Seminole Heights serial killer Howell Donaldson.

Donaldson appeared before a Hillsborough County judge Tuesday morning for a disposition hearing.

He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Benjamin Mitchell, Monica Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton in 2017.

Mitchell, Hoffa and Naiboa were all shot within a half-mile of each other. No connection between the victims was ever found, according to detectives.

On Tuesday, a judge set his pretrial hearing for Aug. 4, 2020. The trial is scheduled for Aug. 10, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Another disposition hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

Donaldson last appeared in court in July. The hearing was brief and the defense asked for documents regarding the investigation to be turned over.

Donaldson’s attorneys claim they’d been waiting for them for months.

Prosecutors were expected to pass those documents along by July 15.


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