Bail Set for Man Accused of Shooting Fla. Deputy

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TAMPA, Fla. 10-2-11

A Florida judge has set a $65,000 bail for a former Marine accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy.

But the court also granted a 24-hour hold on that bond because the Hills borough County Sheriff's Office will appeal Monday.

Detective Larry Mignon says the sheriff's office "was not happy" about the bail set for Matthew Benita at his arraignment Sunday.

The sheriff's office wants Benita held without bond on a charge of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

Benita also faces two charges of battery and one charge of witness tampering related to an incident with his girlfriend.

The sheriff's office says Benita shot Deputy Lynelle De VAX three times Friday when she responded to a 911 call at his Tampa apartment complex.

De VAX is recovering at a hospital.

TAMPA, Fla. 10-1-11

A sheriff's deputy is hospitalized after a shooting at a Tampa apartment complex.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux was shot at least three times late Friday by 24-year-old Matthew Lane Buendia, who then barricaded himself in an apartment.

Detective Larry McKinnon says De Veaux was sedated and hospitalized Saturday in serious but stable condition.

De Veaux had responded to a 911 call from the apartment complex.

McKinnon says Buendia has been charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm.

Buendia also faces domestic violence charges.

He was unconscious when deputies breached his barricade early Saturday.

McKinnon says Buendia was expected to be released from the hospital later Saturday and transported to the Hillsborough County jail.

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  • by brucifer on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    He should not be allowed bail. However, my question is why did the Deputy respond by herself to a domestic call. She was shot and then called for backup. In my experience at least 2 LE's respond to a domestic.
  • by Vic on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    The governor should remove this judge because he is not in his right mind....33 years to kill a cop wonder thugs have control of the streets.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Oct 3, 2011 at 12:11 AM
    I just don't get it...These judges are just pukes! They hold a tattoo artist that kills a pig on $200,000.00 bond, and do something like this(set bond)for a 'would-be' cop killer?!? I don't think this judge needs this job. Maybe something along the lines of an auto parts salesman or a greeter at Winn Dixie.
  • by what? on Oct 2, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    That guy tried to KILL THAT DEPUTY. Why release him on bail?
  • by Reggie Location: Ga on Oct 2, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    I got a Bail for him Its called a free bullet out of a gun shot right between the eyeballs. come on people criminals DO NOT HAVE ANY RIGHTS they lose them when they act stupid and do crimes.
  • by CBC Location: Tallahassee on Oct 2, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    Release him on bail. Then stand your ground.
  • by ? on Oct 2, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    ILLEGALS: In Calif they report today they want to "limit the number to 3 of ER visits a person can make in a month" (over 700 reasons!)..LIKE CHEST PAIN!!!!.....and then the charge is on you!...well, the illegals go to the "not for profit" hospitals because they can't afford docs....they are the ones overloading our system////not the citizens per se. But the citizens are suffering because of their ability to be treated in ERs. Why are our legislators doing this to us? In Mass. the governor refuses to send illegals away. WHY? He is allowing the criminal illegals to roam the streets and have DUIs one after another -- and puts the very people who elected him IN DANGER. What is wrong with our leaders that they don't understand if you aren't paying into the system, you are robbing the system that was created for us to live within. Our system would support itself -- but we CAN'T PAY FOR THE WORLD. A big drug lord/cartel - his wife came to the US and had a child last month -- and now has gone back to Mexico!...and the child is considered a US citizen. That's bullcrap!
  • by ? on Oct 2, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Are these illegals already supposed to be G-O-N-E?
  • by shnul Location: leon on Oct 1, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    all in a day's work.
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      by Chuck on Oct 2, 2011 at 07:28 AM in reply to shnul
      Does your comment mean being SHOT is all in a days work? Moron response for sure.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Oct 1, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    I suppose that I did read this article, and understand that he was unconscious. Was this from an event before their arrival, or from gunfire? This is a hoodrat, and hoodrats make my skin crawl!
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      by Anony Mouse on Oct 1, 2011 at 02:39 PM in reply to Steve
      In answer to "Steve:Not in Marietta" I think perhaps an airstrike would have been in order. No 'bad BOYZ' or 'bunker busters' just a little bitty JDAM on the order of maybe 250. That will take care of the problem with minimals around and about. Carry on.....
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        by turkey hunter on Oct 1, 2011 at 05:29 PM in reply to Anony Mouse
        or they could have fired a .45 acp and destroyed the whole building where he was hiding!!!! there is nothing like the awesome power of the 45 acp........all kneel.
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          by Anony Mouse on Oct 1, 2011 at 08:50 PM in reply to turkey hunter
          Please be serious, turkey hunter...Do you hunt turkeys with a rifle or a pistol? Bet you're hungry at Thanksgiving! The JDAM will kill the enemy, and then you can go in and hunt.
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      by shenisa on Oct 1, 2011 at 08:52 PM in reply to Steve
      you be a hoodrat too.
      • reply
        by Steve Not in Marietta on Oct 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM in reply to shenisa
        Don't tease me "shenisa."
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