Man Gets Life for Killing Over Naked Photos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bartow, FL (AP) -

A central Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a man who had taken photos of his naked girlfriend.

A Polk County judged sentenced 39-year-old Joey Delbert Midgett
on Thursday. He was convicted last month of both second-degree
murder and third-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Midgett went to 36-year-old Jonas Ward's
Lakeland home in December 2009 to retrieve pictures Ward had taken
of himself and Midgett's girlfriend having sex. A confrontation
followed, and Midgett shot Ward with a .45-caliber pistol.

The women had previously accused Ward of raping her, but
authorities determined the sex was concensual after seeing the
photos.

Midgett's attorney argued that another man at the home during
the shooting or Ward's girlfriend could have been the true killer.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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