Murder Suspect Had Victims' Debit Cards, Checks, Vehicle, Detectives Say

Charles Foster was wearing blood-stained clothes when interviewed by detectives after the bodies were found, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The 23-year-old Seffner man charged in the murder of two trailer park residents tried to withdraw money from the victims' bank accounts and cash their personal checks, according to Hillsborough County detectives investigating the case.

The statements are among the findings listed in a probable cause affidavit released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Thursday, March 28, in connection to Charles Anthony Foster's arrest in the bludgeoning deaths of Joshua Deas and Kenneth Simmons.

Foster faces two counts of first degree murder and two counts of robbery with a weapon in connection to the killings.

Deputies say that Foster, who lived a half-mile away from the Parsons Village Trailer Park, killed Deas, 23, and Simmons, 34, at their Seffner trailer home, at 1014 N. Parsons Ave., Seffner.

Foster was best friends with Joshua Deas, according to Karen Deas, Joshua's mother, who discovered the bodies on Sunday, March 24.

But Joshua also had accused Foster of stealing a video game and contacted authorities in the days before his death.

According to the affidavit, Foster attempted to cash checks  and make credit card withdrawls on the victims' accounts, after their deaths.

He also stole and abandoned one victim's vehicle, according to the sworn affidavit by county sheriffs.

Foster also told investigators that he "shot up" cocaine on the day that the bodies were found.

According to the police affidavit, Foster has admitted to being at the trailer home until about 7:17 p.m. Saturday, March 23. He said that he went to the trailer to help Joshua find the missing video game, but that he was asked to leave.

At 10:06 p.m., a man matching his description was captured on a store surveillance camera trying to use Deas' credit card.

Over the following 24 hours, Foster was captured on surveillance video
driving Simmons' green Isuzu Rodeo SUV, attempting to use Deas' credit
card to withdraw money from a Bank of America branch, and pawning a
TV that had been in the victims' trailer home.

Police arrested Foster and charged him with the murders after interviewing him on multiple occasions this week. During one interview, he was wearing blood-stained clothes, according to the affidavit.

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