Damien Marshall has been charged in two separate murder cases in Tampa Bay Florida. Damien Marshall who is on Florida’s sex offender list was charged with the murder of Linda Harris whose body was found on September 26, 2021. Damien Marshall has also been charged with the murder of Jenny DeLeon whose body was found on November 2, 2021. Damien Marshall has been in custody since November 2021 for failing to register as a sex offender. According to the Tampa Bay Police Department DNA and other evidence ties Damien Marshall to both of the murders. If convicted of both murders Damien Marshall could face the death penalty.
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A 40-year-old Tampa man is facing first-degree murder charges in connection to the slayings of two women, according to the Tampa Police Department.
The body of Linda Harris was found in an abandoned home in the 1800 block of East Sligh Avenue on Sept. 27. The house was set for demolition, and workers found the 54-year-old Harris’ partially clothed body during a walk-through that morning.
The body showed signs of upper body trauma, and the medical examiner’s office ruled Harris’ death a homicide, the agency said in a news release Thursday.
About five weeks later, Jenny DeLeon’s body was found in Tampa’s Sulphur Springs area. The 25-year-old woman’s body was discovered outside a home near 9th Street North and Fairbanks Avenue around 6 a.m. Nov. 2.
No details of DeLeon’s death were released Thursday, but police said DeLeon’s death also was ruled a homicide.
Detectives determined Damien Marshall was a person of interest in both cases, and evidence collected through the course of the investigation, including DNA, provided probable cause for first-degree murder charges in both cases, according to the release.
Marshall has been in jail since Nov. 16 on charges including failing to report a change of address as a sex offender and failing to report a change of vehicle as a sex offender, police said, and first-degree murder charges now have been added.
The investigations are ongoing.