Florida man arrested 18 years after homicide

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NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida man is accused of first-degree murder in a 2001 murder case.

Randy Petersilge, 51, had developed as a suspect in the murder of Simon Clarke who was found murdered on Nov. 28, 2001 in New Port Richey. Clarke was found to be murdered as a result of blunt-force trauma. No arrests were made following the initial investigation.

In 2017, New Port Richey detectives reopened the case and on Jan. 11, 2018, a grand jury indicted Petersilge on one count of first-degree murder. 

Petersilge was incarcerated in federal prison during the time of his indictment and a detainer was placed on him. Upon Petersilge’s release from federal prison on April 5, 2019, he was placed under arrest for first-degree homicide and is currently awaiting transport to the Pasco County Jail.

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