TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - Dan Kane and William Denham spent decades together, but were torn apart in January of 2017 in a senseless crime that happened while Denham was walking home one night from the grocery store.
“He was a 53-year-old social worker,” Kane said. “He was a kind, caring human being.”
While walking home from the grocery store, Denham was beaten and left to die.
“Anybody else walking down that street on that Saturday night might have been killed,” Kane said.
Police were able to arrest Jadian Zeiders a few months after the murder occurred. Now, more than two years after Denham’s death, she entered a guilty plea, confessing in a letter and throwing her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Mitchell, under the bus – pointing to him as the primary attacker. Mitchell was arrested last week.
Zeiders wrote that night she was in the backyard cheating on Mitchell with another man, when he unexpectedly came home and heard that other man hopping the fence. When Mitchell asked who was there, Zeiders lied, saying she’d spotted a random person exposing himself to her in the backyard and he ran.
Mitchell spotted William Denham on a nearby street. Zeiders says she lied and said Denham was the man in the backyard -- all to cover up her affair. That’s when, police say, they both attacked the innocent man.
“I’m tremendously grateful that the truth is now out,” Kane said.
Zeiders’ confession says that she made the story up because she was afraid Mitchell would beat her for cheating.
Kane goes to every court hearing and says while the wheels of justice are turning slowly, this confession and new arrest brings him one step closer to some sort of peace.
“[Denham] spent most of his career working with opioid-addicted individuals. He could have helped them…but instead they killed him,” Kane continued.
Both Zeiders and Mitchell are charged with second-degree murder.
There was no deal for this confession, but it certainly paints her boyfriend Mitchell as the primary aggressor. Tampa police say this is still very much an open case, and they are continuing to investigate.