Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Clearwater murder suspect’s living plans change

by KRISTEN MITCHELL
Tribune staff

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— The Army major charged with first-degree murder and permitted to post bond has changed his local release address after complaints from community members.

Roman Izzo, 36, was charged with stabbing and killing Vincent Lee, who was found in his Clearwater condominium at 3151 Landmark Drive in November 2011. At the time, Lee was in a custody battle with Izzo’s wife, Jodi Izzo, with whom Lee had two children. Izzo has been allowed to post bond, a rare decision for a capital case.

At a court hearing Tuesday, residents of the Mainlands of Tamarac in Pinellas Park, where Izzo was to stay with family, showed up to voice concerns.

Izzo, 36, doesn’t meet the minimum age of 40 to live in the community, and property manager Mollie Kirhagis said he would be a threat to residents.

Another family member has offered his home as a temporary residence for Izzo — not on the Mainlands property. Kirhagis said she was relieved to hear Izzo wouldn’t be staying at the Mainlands after another hearing on Wednesday. “I feel like we won a battle,” she said.

As of Wednesday evening, Izzo had not posted his $1.5 million bail and remained in custody.

kmitchell@tampatrib.com

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