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Bay County Man Receives Life in Prison for Murder/arson

2/27/2008

CONTACT:  Kevin Cate or Brannon Jordan
(850) 413-2842
 
SPRINGFIELD – Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink announced a Bay County man was sentenced today by County Circuit Judge Glenn Hess to life in prison after a jury convicted him late last month of first degree murder and second degree arson in the murder of Tanya Farmer. Clint Martin Stagg, 33, was arrested in July 2006, and charged with murder and arson.
 
The Springfield Police Department, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the 14th Circuit Office of the State Attorney all participated in the successful investigation and prosecution of Stagg.
 
Evidence presented during the trial suggested that Stagg had gone to Farmer in an attempt to purchase drugs. She got into his vehicle and a short time later an argument ensued ending with Stagg forcefully striking Farmer with a hammer multiple times. After the attack, Stagg drove the deceased to northern Bay County where he buried her body in a wooded area off County Road 388. At some point later that afternoon, Stagg drove to a gas station and purchased a small gasoline container. The store’s video surveillance recorded him picking out the container before taking it outside and filling it with gasoline. Stagg’s truck was reported on fire a mere 15 minutes after leaving the gas station. Detectives with the State Fire Marshal’s Office believe he intentionally burned the truck in an attempt to destroy any evidence, which may have been left behind.
 
The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is a law enforcement branch of the Division of State Fire Marshal that assists other state and local fire and law enforcement agencies in the investigation of fires of suspicious origin.  Anyone with information about this case or any incident of fire is asked to call 1-877-662-7766 (1-877-NOARSON).
 
 
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.