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Ronnie Oneal III biography: 13 things about Riverview, Florida man, Ron’Niveya Oneal’s father

Ronnie Oneal III (©Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)
Ronnie Oneal III (©Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Ronnie Oneal III is an African-American man from Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He was Kenyatta “Keke” Barron‘s boyfriend. She was 4 years older than him. (a)
  2. In 2009, Keke gave birth to their daughter Ron’Niveya Oneal. Ron’Niveya was non-verbal and had cerebral palsy. (a) (b) (c)
  3. In 2010, Keke gave birth to their son Ronnie Oneal IV. (a)
  4. He and Keke lived in Riverview, Florida with their two children. (a)
  5. Aside from Riverview, he has lived in other areas of Florida including Opa Locka, Gibsonton and Tampa. (d)
  6. On March 18, 2018, he and Keke allegedly had an argument about religion before he shot her, stabbed Ron’Niveya and Ronnie IV inside their Riverview home and tried to set the house on fire. Keke and Ron’Niveya died while Ronnie IV survived. Before Keke died, she was able to call 911 and he could be heard yelling “Allah Akbar” in the background. He also called 911 to report that he killed Keke because she tried to kill him. Hillsborough County Sheriff‘s deputies arrested him that day and charged him with resisting arrest, arson, attempted first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree murder. (a) (b) (c)
  7. He was 29 years old when he was arrested on March 18, 2018. (a)
  8. In November 2018, he was deemed incompetent to stand trial and was sent to a hospital for treatment. (a)
  9. On June 7, 2021, while facing the death penalty, he announced that he decided to represent himself although Judge Michelle Sisco repeatedly warned him about the danger of representing himself. (b)
  10. On June 16, 2021, acting as his own defense, he cross-examined Ronnie IV, who testified by remote video. In his opening statement, he shouted, “I look alone but I am backed by a mighty God.” (c)
  11. On June 21, 2021, a Hillsborough County jury convicted him in the deaths of Keke and Ron’Niveya and the attempted murder of Ronnie IV. He was also convicted of arson, resisting a law enforcement officer without violence and two counts of aggravated child abuse. (e) (f)
  12. After his conviction on June 21, 2021, he decided to allow his court-appointed attorneys to represent him during the penalty phase of his trial. (f)
  13. On June 23, 2021, the Hillsborough County jury will begin to hear more evidence in the death penalty phase of his murder trial. (f)

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