The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on October 25, 1991 · 6
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Bradenton, Florida
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Friday, October 25, 1991
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A-6 The Bradenton Herald Friday October 25 1991 r — 1 1M0 wantedjrLeustody Suspect in sexual battery most wanted HwaUMa photo Vigil for victims Relatives of Annette Burnside held a vigil In 1989 Famly members expressed relief Thursday when they heard of James Burnside's capture now county’s ELLEN MOSES 1 1 1- Hi- !!- neraw aian writer Junes Burnside’s tide as Manatee County’s most wanted criminal was handed down Thursday to a former Bradenton man wanted for sexual battery With Burnside’s capture Thursday near Birmingham Ala Cedi Douglas Jr moves into the top place ofdislumor as Manatee County’s most wanted “I would bet it would be this guy now” Sheriff Charlie Wells said pointing to Douglas’ photo on the most-wanted board Thursday in the lobby of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Douglas and three other men remain on the board ' Douglas 24 is one of three men suspected of luring two teen-age girls to a Palmetto park Aug 26 and sexually assaulting one of them The two Tampa teens 16 and 17 were led to Black-stone Puk after three men gave then mirfiuiHing directions and then trapped them there at about 230 am The men took the keys from the car ignition and sexually assaulted one of the girls Douglas also known as Caesar Douglas is considered armed and dangerous His last known address was 1415 17th St EL Bradenton Other men remaining on Manatee County’s most-wanted list include: Cecil Douglas Jr also known as Caesar Douglas is considered armed and dangerous His last known addresswas 1415 17th St E Bradenton Darryl Eugene Williams 23 last known address 2811 Fourth Ave EL Palmetto is suspected in several daytime armed robberies at local businesses including the Oct 16 robbery of the Express-It card shop 5177 14th St W Dexter B Williams 23 last known address 619 57th Ave EL Bradenton is suspected in the armed robbery of two convenience stores in January Joe Nathan Houston Jr 27 last known address 1610 16th St E Bradenton is wanted on a variety of cocaine trafficking charges Detectives have beep looking for Houston a former truck driver since September 1990 Investigators believe Houston has left the state Anyone with information about these suspects may call the Manatee County Sheriffs Office at 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 747-COPS Burnside’s capture stuns attack survivor NICK MASON Harald Senior Writer Shooting survivor David Otteni had a hard time expressing his feelings when he learned James Burn-aiae was captured Thursday in ‘Alabama ' “I’m dazed I’m stunned I don't know what to say or do I don’t know what to think" Otteni said Thursday in a brief telephone interview at work “I’m upset right now I just found out minutes ago" Otteni now a salesman at a local car dealership was shot in the torso the morning Annette Burnside was stabbed to death in the De Soto Center parking lot Feb 17 1988 They had worked together at Conley Buick Otteni said he wanted to consult with LeAnn Latessa victim advocate in the State Attorney’s Office lefore saying more to ensure his sommenta would not jeopardize prosecution of Burnside "I don't want to say something that would blow the trial” he said Valerie Fisher a victim advocate at the Manatee County Sheriffs Office said Otteni declined an invitation to attend Sheriff Charlie Wells’ news conference Thursday afternoon "He said he didn't want to make any statement” Fisher said "I think he wants to think about it before he says anything” Fisher said Otteni left work and did not plan to go home Thursday in order to avoid reporters Otteni’s boss said Otteni left work soon after The Bradenton Herald contacted him There were about 50 calls for him after he left He said Otteni was "obviously relieved” that Burnside was captured but showed no emotion He said co-workers facetiously call Otteni "Mister Excitement" because of his calm demeanor I HEM I Here’s how the Burnside case unfolded: December 1987 — Annette Burnside files for divorce from James Burnside Feb 17 1988 — Annette Bumaide 26 stabbed to death and her co-worker David Otteni 44 shot several times in the parking lot of De Soto Center shopping plan James Burnside walks away and is sought by detectives Feb 18 1988 — Burnside uses a cash card about 9 pm for an automated bank machine in Bradenton Feb 18 1988 — Deputies continue their intense search for Bum-aide The search leads to Emerson Point on Snead leland after a caller reported spotting a man matching Burnside's description Feb 22 1988 — Funeral services held for Annette Burnside at 8t Joseph's Catholic Church Feb 24 1988 — An anonymous call sends Bradenton police officers to an abandoned house in search of Burnside April 1988 — Calls continue to come into the sheriff's office about possible sightings of Bumaide but now have dwindled to a trickle The first few days after the attack dozeiia of calls were received May 1988 — Sheriff’s officials announce 81000 reward for any information leading to Burnside's arrest June 9 1988 — Manatee County grand Jury indicts Bumaide for first-degree murder of Annette Burnside and the attempted first-degree murder of Otteni July 3 1988 — A re-enactment of the crime appears on Amort- cm ’ Meet Wanted Aug 1 1989 — Burnside reportedly is spotted at a market in Pigeon Forge Tenn and deputies close in thinking they can capture him eating breakfast But Burnside or the man thought to be him never : showed up March 1991 — Bumaide reportedly is seen in downtown Tampa and FBI agents thought he might be working out of day-labor offices in the Tampa area He is not found April 20 1991 — Manatee County sheriff's deputies complain the FBI never contacted them about the mid-March sighting of Bumaide in Tampa FBI spokesman said no information would be released to the public because the case is under Investigation May 1 1 199 1 — Producer for Unaotvod Uyatorioa says it is likely the show will produce a segment on the Bumaide case Oct 9 1991 — A 9-yaar-old girl claims she spotted Burnside riding a bicycle on 13th Avenue Weet OcL 23 1991 — NBC'a Unaotved Uyatorioa aim a segment on Burnside during the 8 pm prime-time slot The show triggers hundreds of calls and several good tips OcL 24 1991 — Burnside Is captured In a shoot-out with FBI agents and Shelby County sheriff's deputies at a flea market eoutheaat of Birmingham Ala He ia hospitalized with a bullet wound to his left hand Manatee deputies prepara to go to Alabama to return Bumaide to Bradenton to face a first-degree murder charge and other chargee Photo courtesy Brminspain Poat-flacord Captured amid gunfire James Burnside ran to his pickup truck and grabbed a 357-callber Magnum pistol when authorities approached him at the flea market where he worked After the shootout bullet holes are visible in the driver's aide door of the truck Here is what witnesses claim happened Feb 1 7 1 988: 1 About 1 1 :30 am James Burnside pulls a van behind a car with Annette Burnside and David Otteni inside parked at De Soto Center US 301 Boulevard West 2 James Burnside gets out of the van and uses a shotgun to smash the window on the passenger side where Annette is sitting 3 Otteni gets out of the car and walks to the front where James Burnside shoots him 4 Annette exits from the driver's side of the car and begins running toward the shopping center 5 James Burnside chases her and stabs her 15 times with a hunting knife 6 James Burnside runs off into a wooded area near the shopping center Annette Burnside is dead Otteni taken to the hospital and survives James Burnside escapes CARL VAUQHANBradanton I Bradanton Hank) flb photo Captain on the water James Burnside loved boats He built a boat he named "Stacie Marie" after his oldest daughter Work on the boat was completed In 1985 He often spent time relaxing In Ns craft I I I

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