Man accused of killing popular St. Pete chef changes plea to guilty

Aaron Davis, center, the victim, Jason Mitchell, right, the accused.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – The man accused of hitting and killing a popular St. Petersburg chef appeared in court Friday morning and changed his plea to guilty.

Jason Mitchell, 26, was arrested last year after police say he ran down Aaron Davis as Davis walked to his car.

Jason Mitchell

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He had just finished a shift at The Kitchen in downtown St. Petersburg. On Friday morning, court records show Mitchell plans to change his plea, likely to guilty. Online records indicate he pleaded not guilty by the attorney in April of 2015.

Aaron Davis
Aaron Davis

St. Petersburg Police released dash camera video that shows the moments before the horrific crash. An officer spotted a Dodge Charger and attempted to pull it over, but broke off the pursuit when the Dodge sped off.

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“Guys, downtown be aware of a car coming at you at high speed. Looks like a Dodge Charger running red lights,” the officer relayed to his colleagues on the radio. Moments later, he says, “Sounds like it might have crashed downtown.”

Police say Mitchell was behind the wheel of that Charger and he was drunk. He and a passenger bailed out of the car and fled on foot.

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Mitchell faces numerous charges including vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, DUI involving serious bodily injury, aggravated fleeing to elude a police officer and providing a false name to law enforcement.

He plead guilty to vehicular homicide and leaving the scene with death. He may be sentenced to anywhere from 13 to 46 years. He will be sentenced Monday.

Davis leaves behind a wife and two young children.

St Pete chef's wife speaks about life after her husband's death (Image 2)
St Pete chef’s wife speaks about life after her husband’s death


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