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Deputies: Man kills girlfriend with knife and hammer, sets bedroom on fire

Girlfriend was in bed with another man, according to report

A man accused of killing two people and committing arson was arrested, according to Polk County deputies. (Polk County Sheriff's Twitter)
A man accused of killing two people and committing arson was arrested, according to Polk County deputies. (Polk County Sheriff's Twitter) (WKMG 2020)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – A man accused of killing his girlfriend and another man inside a bedroom then setting it on fire is behind bars in the Polk County Jail.

Deputies say 50-year-old Kenyatta Bellamy confessed to killing his girlfriend and a man inside a home on Royal Ridge Drive in the Loughman area near Davenport, according to a post on the Polk County Sheriff’s Twitter page.

Investigators say got a call for a house fire at the home around 10 p.m. When first responders arrived, they found a recently extinguished fire in the master bedroom with the two victims inside covered in blood.

Deputies say they were able to connect Bellamy with the scene, learning he had bonded out of the Osceola County jail earlier this week, according to the Twitter post.

After bonding out of jail, Bellamy returned to his home where he allowed his girlfriend to live while he was behind bars. He learned another man was also living in the home which angered him, investigators said.

Bellamy had gone to dinner with a cousin Friday, bringing the girlfriend’s child along. Deputies say Bellamy serves as a father-figure to the young boy. Bellamy expressed his anger about the male occupant at his home and asked his cousin to leave him at a Wawa gas station because he did not want to return to the house on Royal Ridge.

Later that evening, the cousin drove to the home where she smelled smoke and called 911 to report the fire.

Bellamy was promptly arrested by deputies. The 50-year-old explained to investigators he was outside pressure washing on Friday when he went inside and discovered his girlfriend and the man having intercourse so he “lost it,” according to a sheriff’s office release.

Deputies say Bellamy admitted to using a hammer and a knife to kill the victims and then lit a fire in the bedroom, closing the door. The fire extinguished before first responders arrived, investigators say.

Deputies say Bellamy is now facing a list of charges including two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson.

Deputies did not identify the victims or have details regarding the child.


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