Youth Minister's Murder Trial Begins

My Fox Tampa Bay

July 14, 2008

TAMPA Ė Jury selection begins Monday morning the trial of a youth minister charged with beating a teenager to death.

Stephen Tomlinson

Joshua Rosa is accused of murdering 13-year-old Stephen Tomlinson more than two years ago. Tomlinsonís body was found at Logan Gate Park, just a few blocks away from his home.

Rosa, 22, worked as a youth minister at the Zion Pentecostal Church. Tomlinsonís father, Ron Tomlinson, has filed a civil lawsuit against the church claiming it failed to properly supervise Rosa with his son.

Tomlinson also blames Hillsborough County for the lack of security and safety at Logan Gate Park where his son was found beaten to death.


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