Police block off the street
and access to the mobile home in Sunny Shores where
Mimi Pace was found dead on Monday.
SUN PHOTO/CINDY LANE
By Cindy Lane and Tom Vaught
SUN STAFF WRITERS
CORTEZ Manatee County Sheriffs deputies
have arrested a suspect in a murder that occurred at
Sunny Shore Mobile Home Park Monday morning. It appears
to be drug-related, according to sources in the park.
Tammy Lynn George, 42, who lived with the victim, Mimi
M. Pace, 42, in a trailer, was charged with murder.
She made her first court appearance Tuesday. The slaying
was the first of the year in Manatee County.
Deputies first identified George as a person of interest
and then arrested her after interrogation. The victim
appeared to be beaten to death, but the sheriffs
office did not release a cause of death and would not
do so until the coroners office finished its autopsy.
According to neighbors, George lived in the mobile home
that her parents had bought for her. Neighbors said
she had a history of drug abuse. Court records showed
Pace was arrested in Nov. 2005 for possession of rock
cocaine and paraphernalia and in Oct. 2002 for possession
of cocaine. Pace had moved in with George recently.
Georges county court records showed one arrest
for battery, in late Dec. 2005.
Neighbors said Pace had been told not to show herself
on Anna Maria Island after several run-ins. The Bradenton
Beach Police Department had no record of such incidents
and neither did the Holmes Beach Police Department.
Neighbors at the park were not surprised to see police
investigating a report of a dead woman inside a trailer
at 3707 115th St. Court W.
"We knew it was coming," said Sunny Shores
Neighborhood Watch Captain Charles Councilman, who lives
a few homes north of the crime scene with his wife.
Councilman said he had called the police numerous times
about suspected criminal activity at the trailer where
the body of Pace was discovered on Monday morning by
a neighbor, Scott LaVelle.
Councilman blamed drugs for the death, while other neighbors
said it was a romantic triangle.
"This used to be a peaceful neighborhood,"
said 11-year-resident Darla McKean, who said she has
called police many times to report criminal activity
at the trailer where the woman was found with fatal
McKean said that she has been kept awake by car doors
banging, fist fights and other disturbances around the
trailer, especially on weekend nights, and has occasionally
been afraid to go to her car to leave for church on
The death will stop the trouble, she predicted, adding,
"Its a terrible way to get some sleep."