Osceola County sees five killings in three days

Damon Session

By Rachel Christian

Staff Writer

Three murder cases with five victims in less than five days swept Osceola County this week.

The most recent case took place Wednesday, when authorities responded to the scene of a double homicide at a U.S. Highway 192 motel.

The bodies of Jerry Thompson Jr., 38, and Ginger Lynn Freebold, 34, were discovered by a motel employee Wednesday morning at the Roomba Inn and Suites in Kissimmee.

Later that day, authorities arrested Damon Sessions, 24, on two charges of first-degree murder

Damon Session

after Sessions allegedly implicated himself during questioning Wednesday evening.

Authorities are calling the case an isolated, drug related incident.

Sessions told investigators he had been introduced to Freebold and Thompson through a mutual friend prior to their death. The suspect also told investigators he and the victims were ingesting amphetamines when an argument broke out.

Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said during a press conference Thursday morning that Sessions might face additional charges as the investigation continues.

The sheriff said Sessions was staying at a nearby hotel when he was apprehended.

Sessions has an extensive criminal record in both Alabama and Georgia for weapon, drug and traffic violations, Gibson said. He had a misdemeanor warrant out for his arrest when he was taken into custody Wednesday night.

Thompson was a transient resident who frequented motels along U.S. 192 and Freebold was a Poinciana-area resident, Gibson said.

“If you’re buying or selling drugs, people will kill you to get what you have,” Gibson said at Thursday’s press conference. “This is just a prime example of that. This is an argument that may have taken place, this is a drug deal gone bad. Two people lost their lives for drugs.”

The string of unrelated slayings in Osceola County this week kicked off Monday morning when authorities discovered the bodies of a 39-year-old mother and her 17-year-old daughter inside their Kissimmee home. The Sheriff’s Office officials said both women were fatally shot with no signs of forced entry or foul play.

The 17-year-old was a student at Osceola High School. The sheriff did not rule out the possibility of a murder-suicide scenario at a press conference held Monday afternoon. The investigation is still ongoing, and the identities of the gunshot victims had not been released as of Friday morning.

Law enforcement responded to another death later that day at 217 Manoel Silva St. in Kissimmee after receiving a call about a possible shooting.

Authorities discovered a deceased female who had injuries consistent with a gunshot wound, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

The investigation determined the victim’s estranged husband, Alex Olivencia-Alvarado, 45, was responsible for her death and a warrant has been obtained for his arrest for first-degree murder.

Olivencia-Alvarado’s black 2009 Toyota Scion was found Tuesday morning by a retention pond on J. Lawson Boulevard near Boggy Creek Road in Orange County.

The search for Olivencia-Alvarado prompted lock downs at eight Orange County schools.

The suspect was still at-large by Thursday afternoon, and officials said he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on these case is urged to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477, where information leading to an arrest may be eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000.