Man sentenced to life in prison for killing man, dumping body on Ridge Road

Timothy Floyd sentenced in the death of Jonathan Spooner
Timothy Floyd was on trial this week for the January 2020 death of Jonathan Spooner.
Timothy Floyd was on trial this week for the January 2020 death of Jonathan Spooner.(Leon County Clerk of Courts)
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 3:48 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2023 at 11:12 AM EST
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Update Match 7, 2023 (WCTV)- Timothy Floyd has been sentenced to life in prison - with a 30-year minimum mandatory - for killing Jonathan Spooner and dumping his body on Ridge Road in January 2020.

Floyd was found guilty of manslaughter, but the judge ruled Floyd was a habitual felony offender and a prison release re-offender, which enhanced his sentence.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A Tallahassee man accused of killing a man and dumping his body along Ridge Road has just been found guilty of manslaughter and credit card theft.

Timothy Floyd was on trial this week for the January 2020 death of Jonathan Spooner.

Spooner’s body was found wrapped in blankets in the front yard of a house on Ridge Road, court papers say, right next door to Floyd’s home.

An autopsy later determined Spooner had been beaten with a hammer, court records say.

“I wanted to thank TPD for its thorough investigation of the case,” prosecutor Andrew Deneen said the day after the verdict. “We’re thankful the jury reached a verdict that can provide some measure of justice for the many family members who supported Jonathan Spooner.”

A jury deliberated for about two and a half hours Wednesday evening before reaching a verdict.

It also found Floyd guilty of using Spooner’s debit card after his death, including making a $300 bank withdrawal.

Floyd did testify in his own defense Wednesday, Deneen said.

Floyd previously told police that Spooner stayed at his home a couple of nights a week in exchange for free transportation. Court papers say Floyd told officers there was a confrontation in the living room and he shoved Spooner to the ground. Floyd claimed Spooner grabbed a hammer, and the two wound up wrestling over it.

Floyd is set to be sentenced next week and could face up to 30 years in prison on the manslaughter charge.

Court records show prosecutors may also seek an enhanced penalty because this happened less than a year after Floyd’s release from prison on other charges in 2019.

We have reached out to Floyd’s defense attorney for comment.