Taken from Bedoya v Florida 2001:
Shauna, a high school student, lived with her mother, Pauline Card, in an apartment. Bedoya lived in the same apartment complex. On January 31, 1995, Shauna returned home from school and phoned her mother twice at her place of employment. Pauline had no further contact with her daughter until she arrived home from work that evening. She entered what she thought was an unusually quiet apartment to find the mutilated, blood-covered body of her daughter in the guest bathroom. The evidence indicates that a violent struggle took place in the apartment between Shauna and her murderer.
There were a total of seventy-four wounds on Shauna’s body which included stabs, cuts, abrasions and contusions. A blood-covered butter knife bearing the right thumb print of Bedoya was found on top of Shauna’s body. In addition, another butter knife, a black-handled steak knife, and a pair of scissors were discovered on the floor of the bathroom. In Pauline’s bedroom, a white, recently-washed sweat shirt was found spotted with blood. A kitchen dish towel found just outside the bathroom door also contained blood spots. DNA testing later revealed that the blood on both the sweat shirt and dish towel came from Shauna and Bedoya.
A trail of blood was discovered on the kitchen floorthat lead to a utensil drawer. Bedoya’s left thumb print was discovered on the exterior of the drawer and blood, hair, and fiber evidence was discovered inside the drawer. Another butter knife and a steak knife were discovered underneath the kitchen sink. One of the knives was bent to almost a forty-five degree angle. A blood-laden blade from a potato peeler was also found under a bag of potatoes in the kitchen.
As the investigation continued, law enforcement obtained DNA samples from various individuals to attempt to match the blood found in various parts of the apartment with the donor. When Bedoya’s sample provided a positive match, Bedoya was contacted by an investigator with the sheriff’s department. The investigator told Bedoya that he wanted to discuss the case with him and show him some pictures. Bedoya agreed to go to the sheriff’s department, but needed a ride. When the two detectives arrived at Bedoya’s home, they offered to let Bedoya’s brother, who was home at the time, transport Bedoya to the station. However, Bedoya chose instead to ride with the detectives. Once at the station, Bedoya was questioned and presented with the DNA and fingerprint evidence. The questioning was tape recorded and videotaped. Based upon the interview, Bedoya was arrested and taken into custody.
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On the Case with Paula Zahn:
DC Number: X15553
Name: BEDOYA, JIMMY
Hair Color: BLACK
Eye Color: BROWN
Weight: 145 lbs.
Birth Date: 05/18/1978
Initial Receipt Date: 05/30/2000
Current Facility: HARDEE C.I.
Current Custody: CLOSE
Current Release Date: SENTENCED TO LIFE
JIMMY BEDAYA JIM BEDOYA
Current Prison Sentence History:
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Date In-Custody Date Out-of-Custody
05/30/2000 Currently Incarcerated