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12-01-2015, 04:08 AM

Arrest made in slayings of homeless couple; deaths shock friends, family
Updated: December 1, 2015 at 06:14 AM

TAMPA — In the shadow of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, friends and family of a homeless couple forced themselves Monday to look at the dark bloodstains on the pavement of a decrepit carwash, a stark reminder of loved ones lost in a weekend double homicide.

Ricky Hathorn


Tommy Skeens, 52, and Lara Kuchar, 45, were found beaten to death early Saturday near the abandoned carwash just east of a vacant convenience store on East Hillsborough Avenue, directly north of the casino.

Late Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced it had arrested a 46-year-old homeless man who had been staying in the carwash with the couple. Ricky Hathorn faces one charge of first-degree murder, one charge of second-degree murder and one charge of sexual battery with a deadly weapon.