McDonald's Worker To Get $110K Crime Stoppers Reward

The reward money in the Seminole Heights murder investigation will go to a McDonald's worker who turned the gun over to police.

TAMPA, FL -- A McDonald's employee will receive all of the reward money that had been offered in the Seminole Heights murders.

Delonda Walker turned the gun belonging to Howell Donaldson III over to police, and that led to Donaldson's arrest. 

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"She will receive all $110,000.  That was the reward that was put up.  She will receive every penny of that," said Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.  

Reward money in the case began with $5,000, but through donations from individuals and law enforcement partners, it grew to $110,000.  Because it came from so many sources, it may take time for her to get the entire amount.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn read the following statement from Walker at the news conference.  It said, "I went to work on Tuesday intending to serve customers and do my job.  The day turned out very differently.  When confronted with this situation, I wanted to do the right thing and I reached out to a nearby police officer. Receiving a reward never entered my mind.

Looking back, I am grateful to know I was helpful in assisting law enforcement.  I hope you can understand, that out of respect for the continuing investigation as well as the victims and their families, I will not be answering questions. But, please know I appreciate all the well wishes and kind words from our community."

Donaldson, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, remained in jail under no bond following a Thursday morning court appearance.

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