Southern States Violent Crime

Randy Petersilge Arrested for Murder While Walking Out of Prison

Randy Petersilge Arrested for Murder
Randy Petersilge Arrested for Murder While Walking Out of Prison

NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida — A New Port Richey man has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge 18 years after the homicide occurred.

Officials with the New Port Richey Police Department said Randy Petersilge, 51, killed Simon Clark, 41, in 2001.

No arrests were made, but police said they had investigated Petersilge as a suspect in the case.

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 Friday, he was placed under arrest for first-degree homicide and is currently awaiting transport to the Pasco County Jail.

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