Parents of Florida murder suspect refuse to answer questions

Accused murderer's parents face contempt charges

The parents of suspected Seminole Heights killer will have to appear in court on Friday, Jan. 5, to show why they should not be held in civil contempt of court for refusing to answer questions about their son.

Warren said the parents would have immunity - that nothing the Donaldson's would say could be used against them.

"They elected not to discuss any matters that they were asked about because they are not going to be witnesses against their son", said Donaldson's parents' attorney, Ralph Fernandez.

Taylor, citing case law from a Miami-area judge, ordered the parents to appear in court January 5, 2018, to show cause as to why they should not be held in civil contempt. He says most people understand they have a duty to answer questions.

The younger Donaldson has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with four fatal shootings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in October and November. At a 10 a.m. hearing, County Judge Margaret Taylor will decide whether their refusal to testify constitutes indirect criminal contempt. "I still believe in an America that respects that great family value".

"I think an eye for an eye", he said. They wanted to ask the alleged gunman's parents about his background, mental state and the gun. He was taken into custody last week at the McDonald's in Ybor City, where he works, after handing a gun to a co-worker, who later turned it over to police.

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During a news conference Wednesday, State Attorney Andrew Warren said it's both reasonable and necessary for prosecutors to question the Donaldsons.

"Im a father. So I recognize and sympathize with the unenviable situation that theyre in", Warren said.

In interviews with the media, the Donaldsons have said they were stunned by the charges against their son, whom they call Trai, and devastated for the families of the dead.

"We're doing everything we can using all mechanisms possible to build as strong a case as possible to seek justice for the victim's families, for the residents of Seminole Heights and the entire community".

"This is a very hard case", said the couple's attorney, Ralph Fernandez.

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