June 10, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
CARRIE RODGERS, (863)
534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, PAGER
KIM GARRETT, (863) 534-6377 OR (863) 819-1656, PAGER
Timothy George Gregory of Lake Wales Arrested For
First Degree Murder and Armed Burglary
Detectives with the Polk County Sheriff's
Office arrested 59-year-old Timothy George Gregory of 1800 Shady Oak Camp
Street #204, Lake Wales, for the murder of 48-year-old David Starr of 3531
North Scenic Highway #4, Lake Wales.
Mr. Starr was house-sitting at #202 Shady Oak Camp Street when Gregory
shot him in the head at approximately 7:40 p.m. Tuesday night, June 11,
2002. Gregory told witnesses and detectives that he saw Mr. Starr
kissing his wife at the #202 address earlier in the evening.
Detectives believe that after Gregory allegedly saw Mr. Starr and the wife
kissing, he returned to his own home at #204, two doors down. He returned
to #202 approximately 45 minutes later armed with a .357 Magnum handgun,
entered the residence, and shot Mr. Starr. Mr. Starr died at the scene.
Witnesses at the scene stated they saw Gregory enter the #202 residence
with a handgun, heard a single gun shot, then saw Gregory leave the
residence, still in possession of the handgun. Deputies responded to
the scene, arrested Gregory, and recovered a handgun, a Smith and Wesson
model 686 .357 Magnum, believed to have been used in the murder.
Gregory is in the Polk County Jail with no bond.