Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Clewiston Murder Suspect Turns Self In
Clewiston Murder May Bring Additional Arrests
CLEWISTON, FL. -- On Friday morning, December 4, 2009, at approximately 6:25 a.m. Hendry County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of 10th Street and Kentucky Avenue in the Harlem subdivision of Clewiston, Florida after receiving a call that someone had been shot.
(Photo: Murder Suspect Timothy Arthur Rumph)
Once Deputies arrived on scene they immediately saw a man known to them as 35 year old Gee Gee Gary of 1220 Harlem Academy Drive lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. Medics arrived and transported him to Hendry Regional Hospital where he later died.
Investigators with the Hendry County Sheriff's Office immediately began searching for witnesses and were able to locate one individual that saw the entire incident occur. After speaking with several witnesses, Investigators were able to request an arrest warrant for Timothy Arthur Rumph for the charge of 2nd Degree Murder.
On December 5, 2009, at approximately 4:45 p.m., 20 year old, Timothy Arthur Rumph turned himself in to Hendry County Deputies. He was then placed under arrest and is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $250,000 Bond.
Investigators acknowledge this is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
Update: Trial is scheduled for May 23, 2011 at 9 a.m. in LaBelle.
Update2: The case was dismissed on January 30, 2012, and Rumph was released from jail.