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Naples Man Without Shelter Found Guilty of Homicide Following Discovery of Deceased Woman in Vehicle

Last week, a jury in Collier County reached a verdict, convicting a Naples man without permanent residence in the death of a woman in 2020.

Kenneth Tannassee, aged 33, was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder and tampering with a witness. The trial was overseen by Collier Circuit Judge Elizabeth Krier.

According to an incident report from the Collier County Sheriff's Office, on August 21, 2020, at approximately 2:15 p.m., deputies responded to a distress call at the Home Depot located at 1651 Airport Pulling Road S., in Naples. The call reported the discovery of a deceased woman inside a car.

The victim was identified as homeless, residing in the vehicle.

Per the affidavit, a witness informed deputies that Tannassee approached him with blood on his person and a weapon consistent with the victim's injuries. However, the report did not specify the type of weapon Tannassee was carrying.

Authorities stated that Tannassee confessed to the crime in the presence of two nearby witnesses. One witness informed law enforcement that Tannassee frequented the area and was known to stay at St. Matthew's House, located at 2001 Airport Pulling Road S.

While Tannassee denied involvement in the homicide, he admitted to being present at the scene.

Tannassee's sentencing is scheduled for March 15.

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