Case has generated nationwide interest, sheriff said
A Florida sheriff said Monday he was banking on a $30,000 reward
to help solve the murders of three buddies who were killed when
they met up to go fishing.
“Look there are people out there that’ll give up their brother
for $100,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. “This is $30,000
cash. No taxes. We don’t even have to know who you are. We just
Damion Tillman, 23; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins,
27 were killed Friday night near Lake Streety in Frostproof.
Judd said the murder scene ranked as one of the worst he has
seen in his long career in law enforcement.
As he announced the award, he told reporters that among the
hundreds of tips authorities have received, some were promising
and others were "ridiculous." He noted the case has generated
After they were beaten and shot, Rollins made a desperate call
for help to his father who woke up and drove to the scene, the
sheriff said. Cyrus Rollins spoke to his son about what happened
and then drove to a gas station to call 911. When he returned
his son was dead.
“There’s been some question why didn’t the dad use the son’s
phone from there,” Judd said. “Well I don’t know whether or not
he looked for it but he probably wouldn’t have found it. We had
a difficult time finding it ourselves.”
He said Springfield and Rollins were attacked when they arrived
at the scene in Rollins’ pickup as Tillman was being killed.
Judd said the pickups were found in the middle of the road,
parallel to each other--driver’s window to driver’s window.
Items of value were found in the vehicles that would have been
taken if the movitve for the killings was a robbery.
“We don’t see obvious reasons for theft,” Judd said. “We don’t
see signs of a drug deal gone bad. We don’t see signs of a
domestic violence event. So we still don’t know why the murders