TAMPA – TAMPA – Charles Smith says that as soon as he saw the news of the stabbing on his computer Wednesday afternoon, he knew his “creepy” former co-worker would show up at his door.
Later that night, that premonition came true.
James Kenneth McElroy, who deputies say stabbed his father to death and seriously wounded his mother and sister, pulled up to Smith’s Town ‘N Country apartment in his Jaguar. So Smith and a neighbor, an ex-Marine, worked out a plan to turn McElroy over to authorities, Smith says.
It was the right thing to do, he says.
But there was another reason.
“I need rent money,” he says. “I really could use the reward.”
Screams In The Morning
About eight hours earlier, Melissa McElroy, 18, woke up and heard her mother screaming, deputies say.
It was just after 4 a.m. at the family’s house at 11309 Hollyglen Drive in Tampa, Melissa stepped outside her bedroom and saw her twin sister, Michelle, bleeding from the arms and chest, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report, which describes what happened next. Continue Reading.