Polk SO: Domestic battery suspect now facing DUI manslaughter charges

June 1st, 2015 by Staff

Gainey, 61, is being held on a bond of $50,000 on a domestic battery charge. Additional charges are pending.

(BTLS Staff) WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A 61-year-old Lake Wales man is in the Polk County Jail in Frostproof facing a variety of charges including domestic battery, vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.

William Monroe Gainey is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge on new charges Tuesday afternoon. The State Attorney’s Office filed the homicide and DUI charges late Monday following an intense, around-the-clock investigation.

According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report Gainey was arrested on Saturday, shortly after he was released from Lakeland Regional Health Center. He suffered injuries in the crash that occurred at approximately 10:30 pm Friday on Cypress Gardens Blvd. In Winter Haven.

Christopher Ivey, 38, and his four-year-old son, Jayden, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Gainey made his first appearance before a judge on Sunday. If he is released on bond, he can’t operate a motor vehicle or consume alcohol.

Investigators say he assaulted his longtime girlfriend and her son on Friday following a domestic argument at approximately 8 pm. Gainey triggered the fatal crash about 2 ½ hours later.

Ivey and his son were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Lake Ruby Dr. when Gainey’s 2014 Chevrolet Silverado slammed into the back of their vehicle. The impact propelled the car approximately 150 feet into a ditch.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says a couple witnesses to the fatal crash came forward Monday.

“Thanks to the media coverage of this crash, and our social media fans, we were able to identify two witnesses who came forward to help us piece together the timeline of William Gainey’s actions leading up to this horrific event,” Judd explained.” Furthermore, thanks to the computer equipment in his truck, we know that he accelerated from 73 to 80 MPH just before impact, and made no attempt to brake. Because of his recklessness and wanton disregard for human life, he killed a little boy and his father, who were simply stopped for a red light on their way home. The thought of that horrifies me. I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.”

This is not the Gainey’s first brush with law enforcement. Gainey’s been arrested on three previous occasions in Polk County on a variety of charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer, domestic battery and resisting arrest with violence.

3 Responses

  1. Tiffany Powell

    Im his only biological daughter and i hope he is punished for what he did. But at the same time i am torn because he is my father, i have not been to see him since the incident and im not sure what to do. His girlfriend has called me several times wanting me to go with her to visit but i dont know. Hervand her son has always provoked my dad to the point where he gets infuriated with them and then they act like nothing ever happens well i hope their happy they got what they wanted. Granted thats no excuse for what he did. But it wouldn’t have happened if they would have just let my dad be. I dont know maybe one day i will visit but on my own terms. He will pay though, in this life and the next. Thanks for listening it feels good to talk about someone that i never talk about and knowone knows how it feels to have a dad like that its like i am the daughter that never existed he just got his new family and forgot about me well look where they got you now. Thanks. Tiffany powell

  2. anonymous

    I am anonymous person ..I’m related to monroe and first off I know he done something horrible but for people that are bad or almost worse than him they need to stop critisizing him . He is a special person in my life and I can’t even talk to him for more than two minutes without crying I . He is a amazing person and Tiffany Powell his daughter I know her I’ve never met her but I know her and for her not to see her father makes monroe very upset he is such a different person than people make him to be he is funny loving and a great friend .. when he first got. Put in jail for two whole weeks he didn’t believe what he done .. it sucks what he done it really does . But compared to many things people do he isn’t worse.. please free him he deserves to come home

  3. granddaughter

    Tiffany shut up the only person you care about is yourself you don’t care about Monroe’s feelings you just try to act like your the one who’s hurt the most .. Carolynn has been effected the most you barely come around how would you know how he’s like now? I been around him mor than you .. yes he done something bad but EVERYONE does dumb things he deserves to stay in jail for a couple years but that’s it god is the only one who judges .. you need to see how this effects him he’s the one who deals with it for the rest of his life he doesn’t need you to help him .. he’s a great grandfather and a wonderful person who made a horrible mistake but doesn’t everyone make mistakes?

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