POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Three days after bonding out of jail, a man killed his girlfriend and another man she moved into the house during his absence, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office received a 911 call about a house fire at a home on Royal Ridge Drive in the Davenport area just before 10 p.m. Friday.
When deputies arrived, they found a man and woman dead inside the master bedroom which looked like it had recently been on fire. A gas can was found near the room.
In addition to blood being found at the scene, deputies said the victims had visible trauma to their bodies.
Investigators soon connected the double homicide to Kenyatta Bellamy, 50, who had just bonded out of the Osceola County Jail Tuesday. Bellamy was charged with failing to appear for a DUI manslaughter case from 2018.
After bonding out of jail, detectives said Bellamy returned to his home on Royal Ridge Drive where he allowed his girlfriend to live while was incarcerated. When he got there, he discovered another man in the home.
Bellamy then reportedly called his mother, who lives in Miami, and told her what was going on and that he wanted to take a bus to go see her. His anger increased when he learned that, due to the coronavirus, he would not be able to take a bus.
A day before the alleged murders, detectives said Bellamy took the female victim’s 8-year-old son, who refers to Bellamy as ‘daddy,’ to family members and went out to eat with a cousin. While at dinner, the cousin reportedly told deputies that Bellamy expressed his frustration with the other man living at his house. After dinner, Bellamy reportedly told his cousin to leave him at a WaWa gas station because he did not want to return to the home.
Later that day, the cousin drove over to the home on Royal Ridge but no one answered when she knocked. She told deputies she noticed smoke coming from the house and proceeded to call 911.
Upon Bellamy’s arrest, he reportedly told detectives that he allowed the female victim to live in his house while he was in jail, and left her money to pay the bills. He said his girlfriend allowed another man to move in without his knowledge while he was incarcerated.
Bellamy told detectives he discovered the two victims having sex Friday and “lost it.” He reportedly admitted to using a knife and a hammer to kill the two before lighting a fire in the bedroom and closing the door.
Bellamy has a criminal history including several arrests by NYPD between 1993-2001 for manslaughter, robbery, assault, harassment, possession and sale of marijuana, larceny, and weapons charges. He was arrested by Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in 2015 for armed robbery and petit theft, in 2017 by Clearwater police for theft, and in 2018 by Osceola County Sheriff’s Office for DUI manslaughter.
Bellamy is now booked at the Polk County Jail and charged with two counts of first degree murder.
“If this suspect had remained in jail where he belonged, these two victims would still be alive,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “We are still piecing together why, after spending almost a year in jail, he was allowed to bond out. 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. And according to Bellamy’s criminal history this is the third separate event where he’s caused someone’s death.”
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