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Man accused of killing girlfriend, another man after bonding out of jail

He, too, tried to set the house on fire, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Credit: Polk County Sheriff's Ofice
Kenyatta Bellamy

LOUGHMAN, Fla. — A man who bonded out of jail just days ago is accused of killing his girlfriend and a man who moved in with her, authorities say.

It happened late Friday at a home on Royal Ridge Drive in the Loughman, Florida, area, located north of Davenport, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office news release.

Kenyatta Bellamy, 50, bonded out March 24 from the Osceola County jail on a charge for failure to appear for a DUI manslaughter case that happened in January 2018. He went home, where he allowed his girlfriend to live while he was in jail, and discovered she wasn't alone, deputies said.

Bellamy reportedly called his mom, who lives in Miami, upset and said he wanted to take a bus to see her. He would not be able to make the trip because of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Deputies said earlier in the day Friday, Bellamy took the woman's young son to see family members and during dinner, he complained to a cousin about the man living in his house. After dinner, Bellamy told his cousin to leave him at a gas station because he didn't want to return home.

At some point, however, deputies said Bellamy's cousin went to the house and, upon smelling smoke at the front door, called 911.

Bellamy later told deputies he walked into the house and came across the woman and man having sex. That's when he said he "lost it," the sheriff's office reported.

Deputies said he used a hammer and knife to kill the man and woman, leaving the room after lighting a fire.

"If this suspect had remained in jail where he belonged, these two victims would still be alive," Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release. "We are still piecing together why, after spending almost a year in jail, he was allowed to bond out. This is an awful tragedy that should never have happened."

The sheriff's office says Bellamy has a lengthy criminal history, including arrests in New York for manslaughter and robbery in the 1990s. Since 2015, he was arrested in Clearwater and Osceola County, with the last arrest involving the manslaughter case.

Bellamy is booked in the Polk County jail on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted felony murder, one count of arson and another count of tampering with evidence.

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