Tampa mayor: If Seminole Heights murder suspect found guilty, 'he should die'

A powerful statement by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaking of Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, the suspect in the Seminole Heights murders: "If he is found to be guilty, he should die."

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn spoke clearly on what he thinks should happen to the Seminole Heights murder suspect if the evidence against him is proven.

"If he is found to be guilty, he should die. It's that simple."

Buckhorn, joined with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, disclosed few new details Wednesday, Nov. 29, in their case against Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, who is accused of gunning down four people in Seminole Heights since mid-October.

Florida State Attorney Andrew Warren is tasked with deciding whether to pursue the death penalty against Donaldson.

The 24-year-old admitted to owning the gun police say was used in each shooting death but not to the murders.

And while Donaldson's arrest Tuesday, Nov. 28, apparently means people across Tampa Bay and specifically in the Seminole Heights neighborhood can rest easy, investigators aren't yet there in figuring out exactly why the suspect killed his victims. 

More: Who is the Seminole Heights murder suspect?

Dugan said police are "100 percent" confident they have the right person and that the evidence against him leads to a conviction.

Watch: Tampa police arrest 24-year-old suspect in 4 Seminole Heights murders

The police affidavit -- filled with detail police are using to link Donaldson to the murders -- shows a Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun was taken from him; the same ammunition was found at each of the murder scenes.

Officers found clothing in Donaldson's car that was similar in appearance to the clothing worn by the person in earlier surveillance footage from the neighborhood, the documents read. They, too, had what appeared to be blood on the clothing.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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