The Trench Reynolds Report

All Crime Is Personal

Evidence is in pawn shop:

For those of you who may not remember Richard Henderson Jr. was a 20-year-old man who bludgeoned his family to death on Thanksgiving 2005 and was previously convicted of a school shooting plot in 2001. More information on him can be found here.

Some of the evidence the state could use for its case that Richard Henderson Jr. of Myakka City killed his family is being held in an unusual spot: a local pawn shop.

Authorities say Henderson pawned a TV and videogame console at Value Pawn on U.S. 41 south of Bradenton the day after he bludgeoned his parents, grandmother and brother to death on Thanksgiving Day last year.

And a recent court order means the pawn shop will have to continue holding the items until after the trial concludes.

Authorities photographed the items and would likely have released them to the owners — if any of the owners had survived, said Manatee County sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.

“Since the stuff belonged to people who are dead, we just want to keep it for the trial to show that he did this,” Bristow said. “Whether or not it’s ever brought into the courtroom, I don’t know.”

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