In Inverness, Florida, just north of Tampa, 75-year-old Jonathan Dimick Sr. died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after allegedly dismembering 67-year-old James Banks. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office reported that deputies were dispatched to Dimick’s residence on Thanksgiving for an urgent well-being check, following a tip-off about a possible murder.
Upon arrival, deputies found evidence of violence in the backyard, including a large butcher-style knife, blood, and drag marks. They discovered Dimick inside, sitting unresponsive in the living room with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Despite being airlifted to a hospital, Dimick succumbed to his injuries.
Further investigation led to a grisly discovery: Banks’ dismembered body was found in the trunk of his vehicle. The motive behind the crime remains unclear.
Sheriff Mike Prendergast expressed his shock at the rare and horrific nature of the case. He lamented that Dimick would never face prosecution but acknowledged the importance of the rapid response in providing closure to Banks’ family.