Murder trial set to begin for man accused of killing Clearwater motel security guard in 2006

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The trial for a man accused of killing a security guard at a Clearwater Fairfield Inn back in 2006 is expected to begin Wednesday.

Kenneth Missey is charged with first degree murder for the death of security guard Bill Williams. Missey said someone else is responsible for the crime. Missey told law enforcement all sorts of stories and pointed them to other suspects he said was responsible for the crime, but Clearwater police said none of the stories added up and charged him with murder almost a decade later.

In September of 2006, Clearwater police say Missey was wearing a mask when he barged into the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Gulf to Bay Boulevard.  Missey pointed a gun at the front desk clerk and ordered her to give him money. Bill Williams, a security guard ran into help the clerk and Missey shot him twice in the back. As Missey ran away with $400, Williams died in the hotel lobby.

In 2008, Missey later contacted Clearwater detectives.  He gave them the gun used to kill Williams but said it didn’t belong to him. For years, detectives worked the crime and built a case against Missey. Missey’s criminal history includes convictions for sexual battery, vehicle theft, fraud and grand theft.

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