Sunday, February 08, 2009

Homicide Suspect Arrested In Clewiston

18-Year Old Holding Knife When Deputies Arrive
CLEWISTON, FL. -- In the early morning hours of February 8, 2009, deputies were called to respond to the area of 585 N. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston, Florida, regarding a stabbing that had just taken place.

Upon the arrival of deputies, 18 year old Damon Leon Pewo was found sitting on the arm of the couch inside the residence holding a large stainless steel knife in his hand. He was ordered by Deputies to release the weapon and he complied.

Pewo�s mother, Angela Tiger stated that she and 39 year old victim, Gary Don Warden had been sleeping in their room when she was suddenly awakened by the sudden jolting of the bed. She turned to find her son Pewo on top of Warden. She was able to remove Pewo from the bedroom and keep him out until law enforcement arrived.

Once Pewo had been restrained, deputies went to check on Warden where he was found unresponsive lying on the bed.

Medical personnel arrived on scene and after all resuscitative efforts to revive the victim had been exhausted he was pronounced dead. Investigators are stilling trying to determine the motive for the killing. Pewo was then arrested and charged with Homicide-Willful Killing

Update Jan. 21, 2013. Numerous motions and examinations of Pewo have been completed for incompetency to stand trial. As of January 18, 2013 witness lists have been filed and a subpoena for trial issued.  


  1. Anonymous9:01 PM

    The stepfather must have done something to Leon to set him off. Otherwise he would not have done it. Psychologically Leon will be scarred for the rest of his life for what he did and he will suffer. since his own SISTER went against him and didn't try to help him out ever since he was younger then realistically he has no other family.

  2. Anonymous5:16 PM

    Ive know Leon since elementary school and was good friends with him at school (from elementary till 10th grade) He never showed any hate for the people who loved and cared about him. He would have ur back in a heart beat. he probably saw his mom/family in some sort of danger from his step father. he did it to protect his family even if they didnt protect him

  3. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Gary was a cruel man to Leon. No one talks about that. No one talks about how his mom would not defend Leon when Gary would pick on him. No one talks about that. Has anyone talked about what went on before actions were made? What is the true motive? Bullying should be illegal for all ages.