Was father of Seminole Heights murder suspect in contempt?

State Attorney provides updates to the Seminole Heights murder case

TAMPA -- Should the father of the suspected Seminole Heights killer be held in contempt?

That’s what a judge will determine Thursday. A motion of contempt has been filed against Howell Donaldson, Jr. He’s the father of Howell Donaldson III, who is suspected of killing four people in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in October and November.

According to court filings, Donaldson, Jr., was served a subpoena Monday, directing him to a testify before State Attorney Andrew Warren. On Tuesday, he appeared at the state attorney’s office with his lawyer, but refused to answer any questions about his son and the Seminole Heights murders.

In Florida, there is no privileged relationship between a parent and their child.  It’s on a case-by-case basis. Only five states recognize that relationship as privileged.

It’s a story we’re taking a closer look at today. 10News reporter Candice Aviles is looking into the parent-child relationship when it comes to privileged conversation in the eyes of the law.

Howell Donaldson III was arrested last Tuesday in the killings of Benjamin Edward Mitchell, Monica Caridad Hoffa, Anthony Naiboa and Ronald Felton in southeast Seminole Heights.

His parents spoke to the media on Friday about their son on Friday.

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Motion for Order to Show Cause Howell Donaldson, Jr by 10News WTSP on Scribd

Notice - Of Hearing Motion for Order to Show Cause Howell Donaldson by 10News WTSP on Scribd

Motion for Order to Show Cause Rosita Donaldson 1 by 10News WTSP on Scribd

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