Coquina Key suspected murderer caught

Otis Henderson

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – St. Petersburg police have arrested the man suspected of killing a man and injuring his sibling inside their Coquina Key home.

Otis Henderson was arrested Tuesday morning after a call for service near 15th Avenue and MLK Street.

Henderson now faces one count of murder in the first degree and one count of attempted murder in the first degree for the Dec. 30 attack on Paul Dumas and Elaine Vidinha.

Joyce Laporte, Vidinha’s daughter, said she hopes Henderson rots for allegedly killing her uncle and beating her mother.

“My uncle took him in when he got out of jail and he helped get him on his feet and took him to see his family,” said Laporte. “Running around, and was giving him jobs and this is how he repaid my uncle and my mother. He left my mother for dead.”

Dumas, 68, was found dead inside his home on Coquina Key on Monday.

Police said Dumas and Henderson were arguing over money.

When Dumas refused, that’s when investigators said Henderson picked up a lamp post and attacked Dumas when he went into the bedroom.

Police said Vidinha tried to intervene and was hit twice in the head with the same lamp post.

“She remembers hearing Paul scream for help and what not and she tried to help but I guess when she saw he had a phone, once he was done attacking my uncle, he went and attacked my mom,” said Laporte.

Police said Henderson took Dumas’ wallet which contained $30 and credit cards. Detectives said he also took the victim’s car and left.

Vidinha gained consciousness and yelled for help.

Laporte said her uncle and Henderson wrote back and forth while Henderson was in prison.

“Yeah, they had a relationship. You know, they were friends. They did what they did and he repaid him by murdering him.”

Henderson has prior arrests in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

Previous charges include battery, burglary and grand theft.

Laporte said Henderson is where he belongs.

“It’s messed up our family. We’re a very small family,” said Laporte. “Everyone is important and now one of us is taken away.”

Henderson is expected in court Wednesday afternoon for his first appearance.

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(Paul Dumas, far left, and Elaine Vidinha, first from right)

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