Date: July 17, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Robert Levesque Indicted In Homicide of Missing Winter Haven Man

An indictment was handed down today (Thursday, July 16, 2003) in a Polk County Sheriff's Office case charging Robert E. Levesque, DOB 12/31/52, formerly of Bartow (currently housed in PCSO Jail), with 2nd Degree Murder in the homicide of missing Winter Haven man Charles "C.H." Kindred.

A grand jury indictment was announced this evening by the State Attorney's Office based on the investigative findings of a lengthy PCSO homicide investigation into the disappearance of Kindred in October of 2001. The investigation determined that Levesque was responsible for Kindred's homicide. The victim's body has not yet been found.

Levesque is charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit 2nd Degree Murder, and Grand Theft. He already is in jail on unrelated charges.

According to PCSO Colonel Grady Judd, this is the first time since 1981 that the Sheriff's Office has sought homicide charges without having first found the body of the deceased. Judd points to the other overwhelming evidence in the case as the strong basis for the  charges. Judd can be reached for comment on the case on his cell phone at 412-0004.

Note to media: see past news release (Aug. 30, 2002, news release at newsroom) for detailed information about Levesque and his involvement in Kindred's homicide, mugshot photo and video photos, and Levesque's criminal background.

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