Reward increased to $10K for tips in search for convict who left during trial
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Lake County authorities say they’re still trying to find a man who walked out of his own trial before he was eventually convicted. Multiple law enforcement agencies have joined the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in the search for Waldo in the weeks since the trial. In an effort to get the public to help track him down, the sheriff’s office announced Monday the reward for information leading to Waldo’s capture was increased to $10,000. On Monday, the sheriff’s office also announced the arrest of 32-year-old Melinesia Jones, who they described as Waldo’s girlfriend. Marshals serving a Lake County warrant charging her with failure to appear, accessory after the fact to DUI manslaughter, and providing false information to law enforcement in a felony investigation.wftv.com
Leesburg man missing after he walks out of own trial, judge sentences him anyway
LEESBURG, Fla. — Lake County law enforcement are looking for the man they say walked out of his own trial before it was even over. The state still had two witnesses left to call. Waldo left on a lunch break, and never returned. Waldo, who was out on bond, went to trial this month on three counts of DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious injury. READ: Teen killed in accidental shooting inside Orange County home identifiedVideo: Teen killed in accidental shooting inside Orange County home identified Deputies in Orange County are investigating after a teenager was shot and killed inside of a home early Friday.wftv.com
Lake County police search for man who walked off during traffic homicide trial
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Police in Leesburg are searching for a man who left a courthouse during a trial and did not return. Investigators say Zachery Waldo has been standing trial for a traffic homicide from 2019. They said he left the courthouse during recess Tuesday and did not come back. Watch: ‘Gunned down in cold blood’: Florida father of 4′s ex-wife’s new husband accused in his murderOfficers said Waldo has taken off from law enforcement in the past. Anyone who sees him is asked to call police.wftv.com
DUI manslaughter arrest made in triple fatal Christmas Eve crash
Investigators said a 2019 black Ram pickup, driven by 33-year-old Zachery Waldo, of Mount Dora, was heading east on S.R. A 2018 Toyota, driven by 44-year-old Christopher Smith, of Eustis, appears to have been traveling west on S.R. Smith and his front-seat passenger, 35-year-old Jessica Smith, died at the scene, according to officials. Detectives said he was traveling more than 60 mph over the posted speed limit prior to the crash. Waldo was able to evade arrest until Wednesday night when he was located in the Grand Island area, investigators said.