Cops: Seminole Heights Serial Killer Suspect Visited Porn Site After Kills

Howell Donaldson III [Tampa Police Department]

TAMPA, FL — The Florida state attorney’s office has released four hours of audio interview recordings and more than 1,700 pages of evidence in the case of suspected Seminole Heights serial killer Howell “Trai” Donaldson III.

Among the revelations is that Donaldson reportedly visited the same porn website shortly after each of the first three murders.

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Police arrested Donaldson, 25, last November 28 and charged him with four fatal shootings of victims who were all near bus stops in October and November last year.

Cops took Donaldson in after he allegedly asked his manager at an Ybor City McDonald’s to hold his loaded 9mm gun while he went to take out a loan.

The newly released files feature Donaldson’s first interrogation by police, which lasted four hours.

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On the tape, officers chat with Donaldson about basketball, moving to New York, and his relationship with his parents before bringing up the killings.

When confronted by detectives with evidence such as surveillance video, cell phone tracking, and that ballistics matched his gun to the murder weapon, Donaldson flatly denies any knowledge or involvement.

Numerous observers have noted that, throughout the talks, the suspect remains “calm” and “collected.”

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In addition, the just released investigative reports allege that Donaldson visited one particular adult-themed website shortly after the shooting deaths of college student Benjamin Mitchell, 22, on October 9; waitress Monica Hoffa, 32, on October 11; and pedestrian Anthony Naiboa, 20, on October 19.

The reports did not state that Donaldson logged on to the site following the November 14 murder of Ronald Felton, 60.

The name of the porn site has been redacted, but a Tampa police sergeant said it was the type of outlet where customers could privately interact with live models and watch others engage in sexual situations.

Overall, the reports note that Donaldson engaged in “269 Internet activities” between October 5 and November 4.

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Donaldson has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, and the state has indicated it will seek the death penalty if the case reaches trial.

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Main photo: Howell Donaldson III [Tampa Police Department]

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