Akins Found Guilty of all Charges, Including First Degree Murder

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By: Chris Gros
November 19, 2014

Leon Akins is found guilty of all charges, including first degree murder.

Akins was also convicted of attempted murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle and arson of a motor vehicle.

Akins received a sentence of life in prison with no parole for the charge of first degree murder.


November 19, 2014 5:35pm
By Julie Montanaro

The jury is now deliberating.

Leon Akins is accused of murder, attempted murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle and arson of a motor vehicle.

He's accused of stabbing and killing Willie Stephens in his home and then stabbing his friend when he tried to intervene.

Stephens is also accused of stealing Stephens' GMC Jimmy and later abandoning it and setting it on fire.


UPDATED
November 18, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee man is on trial. He's accused of stabbing a man 36 times and then turning the knife on his friend.

Ours were the only cameras rolling when the survivor took the stand and described a terrifying wake up call.

Bobby Bell described awakening just after six in the morning to someone banging on the door and then a commotion in the mobile home where he was staying with his friend 57 year old Willie Stephens.

"The only thing I could see was his legs and his feet." He was on his back," Bell said

When he went to see what was going on, he testified, the man at the door started stabbing him.

"How many times had you been stabbed?"

"Three," Bell said, "my left side of the neck, right side of the neck and back of the head."

Willie Stephens, prosecutors say, was stabbed 36 times in his own home because he refused to give that man a ride.

It happened at the Meadows Mobile Home Park on Roberts Avenue in September 2012.

Now Leon Akins is on trial. He's accused of killing Stephens and attacking Bell.

"He (Bell) was never able to identify who was in the trailer with him and Mr. Stephens," defense attorney Chuck Collins told the jury.

Defense attorneys pointed out that Bell could not pick Akins out of a photo line up and initially told a neighbor that he suspected someone else.

"He said his name as Shawn," neighbor Carol Coefield testified. She and her mother grabbed towels and called 911 when Bell ran to their home for help that morning.

Prosecutors contend Akins killed Stephens, sped off in his truck and still had Stephens blood on his shorts when he was caught.

Akins trial is expected to last through Thursday. We'll keep you posted on a verdict.


UPDATED
November 18, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Leon Akins is now on trial for murder.

Attorneys made their opening statements in the case this morning.

Akins is accused of stabbing Willie Stephens 36 times after Stephens refused to give him a ride one morning in September 2012.

Prosecutors say Akins stabbed Stephens and when Stephens' friend tried to intervene Akins stabbed him too.

Prosecutors contend Akins stole Stephens' GMC Jimmy and tried to sell the speakers out of it afterward. Prosecutors say Akins later abandoned the truck and set it on fire.

Prosecutors say they have a DNA match to prove Stephens' blood was on the shorts Akins was wearing when he was arrested.

Defense attorneys say the stabbing took place the morning after a party at Stephens mobile home.

Defense attorneys claim the friend who tried to intervene cannot identify Akins as the killer and claim he actually named someone else.

The trial is expected to last through Thursday.


UPDATED 9.27.2012 by Julie Montanaro

A Leon County grand jury indicted Leon Akins for first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, grand theft auto and arson.

Akins is accused of stabbing Willie Stephens to death at his home on Roberts Avenue September 1st. He is also accused of attempted murder for stabbing Bobby Bell. Bell survived.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- September 7, 2012

A Tallahassee neighborhood came together Friday, September 7 to remember a man who was brutally murdered inside his home.

Willie Stephens was stabbed to death inside his home at The Meadows mobile home park last Saturday on Roberts Avenue.

About 70 of Stephens friends and neighbors attended a candlelight vigil Friday evening in remembrance of him.

"He was an excellent neighbor. He would watch my house for me anytime I asked him to," says neighbor Glanora Gardner Colbert.

"He was a good man. He never bothered anybody. As a manager, I never had any problems with him as a tenant," says Lashay Lattimore ,a manager at the Meadows.

Leon Akins is charged with Stephens' murder.

Stephen's friend Bobby Bell was also hurt in the attack. Bell is expected to make a full recovery.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- September 4, 2012

A Tallahassee man is now under arrest and accused of stabbing a man more than 20 times.

Leon Akins is charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.

Akins is accused of stabbing Willie Stephens to death in his own home on Roberts Avenue Saturday.

Arrest papers say Akins knocked on the door and asked for a ride, when Stephens said no, he asked for a knife. Police say Akins proceeded to stab Stephens repeatedly and then go after another man at the home and stab him too.

Tallahassee Police say Akins drove away in the dead man's car.

When they arrested Akins later, police say, he still had Stephens blood on his shorts.

The Probable Cause affidavit is attached to this story.


[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida- September 2, 2012

Tallahassee Police have released the names of the men attacked inside a mobile home Saturday that left one dead and another hurt.

Police found the body of 57-year-old Willie Stevens inside his home at 'The Meadows' mobile park off of Roberts Ave around 7 a.m.

Police do not know how Stevens died.

Neighbors say Stevens had lived in the area for more than a decade and was well-liked.

Neighbors describe Stevens as a 'good guy ' and remember him for his love of Blues Music that he played while sitting on his front lawn.

Neighbors also say Stevens was disabled and lacked the use of one of his arms.

Stevens' friend, 58-year-old Bobby Bell was also injured in the attack.

Bell was taken to Capital Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

Police do not have a motive for the attack.

Anyone with any information is asked to call TPD.


UPDATE:
Tallahassee, Florida- September 1, 2012

An incident inside a Tallahassee mobile home park leaves one man dead and another hurt.

Police discovered a body inside a home at The Meadows mobile home park at 3535 Roberts Ave Saturday. It is the city's 10th homicide of 2012.

Police found the body after receiving a call from Leon County EMS around 7 a.m.

EMS workers were treating a man who says he was injured inside a home at that address.

That man is currently being treated at an area hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown.

When police went to the home to investigate, they found a second man who was dead.

It is unknown how the man died. But police are treating his death as a homicide.

Both men are believed to be victims.

Neighbors say the two men lived inside the home and were good friends and were well-liked by many on the street.

Police do not have a motive for the crime. But they are looking for a black male with a stocky build who is believed to be connected to the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to call TPD.


Tallahassee, Florida- September 1, 2012

The Tallahassee Police Department is investigating a homicide in the 3500 block of Roberts Ave at the 'Meadows' mobile home park.

One person is dead and another is in the hospital. It happened sometime this morning. No further details. Stay with WCTV.tv for more information.


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