First Degree Murder Conviction

This evening, Dexter Leonard Thomas, was found guilty as charged of First Degree Premediated Murder, First Degree Burglary, and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Burglary, for a
deadly home invasion robbery.

The guilty verdict was returned by the jury following a five-day trial in Lee County. Thomas was indicted by the Lee County Grand Jury on those charges on December 18, 2020.

The State Attorney’s Office Cold Case Homicide Unit in partnership with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the crime leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. Assistant State Attorney Dan Feinberg, of the Cold Case Homicide Unit, and Assistant State Attorney Jennifer Royal, Assistant County Court Chief, prosecuted the case.

On February 21, 2015, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman who stated that someone had entered her Lehigh Acres home and shot a person. She told the 911 operator that she was not sure if the attacker was still in the house. Deputies immediately responded to the home and determined no suspects were inside. In the master bedroom, they found the victim who was transported to a hospital and died a short time later. A woman was hiding under the bed and 5 juveniles who resided there, were also at home. They were all unharmed.

The investigation determined entry was made into the home by prying open the rear sliding glass door and breaking a metal security gate attached to the door. The defendant, wearing a mask and a knit cap, to conceal his identity, had then entered the master bedroom. The male victim was sleeping and the woman was awake. The suspect demanded money, rummaging through the room, and then shot the victim before fleeing. The suspect could not be immediately identified.

The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on September 22, 2023.

Two co-defendants, Tiphanie Dawn Sager and Antonio Crews, have already been sentenced for their role in the crime.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office