POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida man was arrested after he murdered his girlfriend and a man she moved into the house just days after he bailed out of jail, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office said it received a call Friday night in reference to a house fire at a home on Royal Ridge Drive in unincorporated Davenport near Loughman.
Deputies said when first responders arrived, they discovered a recently extinguished fire in the master bedroom and two deceased victims, a man and a woman.
Deputies said they found a gas can and noted the strong odor of gasoline in the house.
The man and woman had trauma to their bodies and there was blood at the scene, deputies said.
Authorities said the suspect, Kenyatta Bellamy, bailed out of the Osceola County Jail on Tuesday.
Deputies said Bellamy was charged with DUI manslaughter in January 2018.
Investigators said after Bellamy bailed out of jail, he returned to his home, where he allowed his girlfriend to live.
Bellamy told detectives that he allowed the woman to stay in his house while he was in jail and left her money to pay the bills.
Bellamy said he did not know the woman asked the man to move in.
Bellamy told detectives that he was outside pressure washing the driveway then came back into the house and found the man and woman having sex, so he “lost it.”
Bellamy said he used a hammer and a knife to kill the man and woman.
He said he then lit a fire in the bedroom and closed the door.
Deputies said both victims have trauma that is consistent with those injuries.
The fire extinguished itself before first responders arrived, deputies said.
Bellamy was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, attempted felony murder, arson and tampering with evidence.
“If this suspect had remained in jail where he belonged, these two victims would still be alive. 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,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “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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