ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An arrest has been made in the death earlier this week of a St. Petersburg man.
- Scott Jenks found dead in St. Pete parking lot
- Arrest made in case Thursday in Alachua County
- Previous story on this case
According to St. Pete police, Kristoff King, 36, was arrested Thursday in Alachua County and will be charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of Scott Jenks.
King remains in the Alachua County Jail.
Kristoff King, 36, was arrested Thursday in Alachua County and will be charged with first-degree murder. (Alachua County Jail)
Jenks, 48, was found dead Tuesday in a parking lot of the Northgate Center shopping plaza at 1144 94th Ave North. Officials said officers found the man with evidence of trauma to his body.
Detectives said Jenks was at "The Sports Bar," located in the same shopping plaza, prior to his death.
Police spent more than 12 hours at the scene Tuesday. Detectives said King beat Jenks to death then left his body in the parking lot.
Authorities are saying why King killed Jenks or what caused an altercation.
An investigation is ongoing.
Jenks sister started a GoFundMe account to help pay for the funeral. On the page she wrote that Jenks has a little boy who is now left without a father and the family needs help paying for his burial.
(Photo Courtesy of family via GoFundMe page)
*CORRECTION made to story: St. Pete PD originally reported the suspect's name as Christoffer King, but sent an update on the suspect's confirmed name as Kristoff King.*