Prosecutors say a 19-year-old man should be executed for killing a central Florida police
officer in December.
The state attorney’s office in Polk County will seek the death penalty for Kyle Williams in the
Dec. 18 slaying of 25-year-old Lakeland Officer Arnulfo Crispin. The announcement came during a court hearing Thursday in Bartow.
Crispin was killed after telling a dispatcher he was approaching a group of suspicious people in a park. Williams is accused of shooting Crispin in the head as the officer did a pat-down for drugs and weapons.
Williams later surrendered at the urging of his mother.
Crispin grew up in nearby Mulberry and had been a Lakeland officer for just 18 months.