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Anthony Farina
On 05/09/92, as they were emptying trash from the Taco Bell restaurant where they worked, Michelle Van Ness and Derek Mason were approached by Anthony Farina, 18, a former employee at that Taco Bell restaurant, and his brother, Jeffrey Farina, 16.  Both of the brothers wore gloves, and Jeffrey Farina carried a .32-caliber pistol, while Anthony Farina carried a knife and rope.  The Farinas forced Van Ness and Mason back into the restaurant, where the brothers rounded up two other employees.  Jeffrey held three employees at gunpoint while Anthony ordered Kimberly Gordon to open the safe and hand over the day's receipts.  Then, the Farinas tied the employees' hands behind their backs and forced them into the walk-in freezer.  Shortly thereafter, Jeffrey shot Mason in the mouth, Gary Robinson in the chest, and Van Ness in the head.  Jeffrey attempted to shoot Gordon, but when the gun misfired, he stabbed her in the back.  Van Ness died the next day, but all of the other victims survived the attack. The Farinas were arrested the next day when another Taco Bell employee recognized Anthony Farina at a gas station and called the police. Resentenced to Death  5/7/98.
Codefendant Information:
Anthony and Jeffrey Farina were tried together, convicted, and sentenced to death. 
Both of their death sentences were overturned on Direct Appeal.  On Direct Appeal,
after resentencing, Jeffrey's death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment due to
his age (16) at the time of the murder.

Victor Farr
On 12/11/90, Victor Farr attempted to kidnap and then shot two women outside a Lake City,
Florida bar.  He escaped by forcibly taking a car in which a man and woman were sitting.  The
man fled, but Farr managed to escape with the woman still in the car. Later, while being pursued
by police officers, Farr deliberately crashed the car into a tree, attempting to kill both himself and
his hostage.  The woman was severely injured in the crash and subsequently died from the injuries, while Farr was only slightly injured. Sentenced to Death 12/8/93.

[James Ford
James Ford and Greg Malnory were co-workers at the South Florida Sod Farm in rural Charlotte
County.  Ford made plans to go fishing on the sod farm with Greg and his wife Kim on 04/06/97. 
On 04/07/97, the bodies of Greg and Kim Malnory were found in a field near a pond at the sod farm.  The 22-month-old daughter of the Malnorys was found alive, but exposed to the elements, in the Malnory's truck.  The medical examiner testified that Greg Malnory had been shot in the back of
the head with a bullet from a .22 caliber rifle, bludgeoned at least seven times with an axe, and
then had his throat slit.  Kim Malnory was raped, and then bludgeoned with an axe nine times in
the head by Ford, who then put the barrel of the .22 caliber rifle in her mouth and pulled the
trigger. Ford was linked to the crimes by being seen on the same day of the murder with blood on
his face, hands, and clothes.  Also, a significant amount of DNA evidence, mostly from the sexual offenses, was found at the crime scene and matched Ford's DNA.  Additionally, the .22 caliber rifle
used in the murders belonged to Ford. Sentenced to Death 6/3/99.

Charles K. Foster
On 07/15/75, Charles Foster and the victim, Julian Lanier, met two girls at a bar who agreed to go somewhere else to drink with the two men.  Lanier bought whiskey and cigarettes and the four left
in Lanier's camper-trailer. Foster and the girls had planned for Lanier to have sex with one of the
girls in exchange for money.  The vehicle was parked in a deserted area and Lanier and one of the
girls began to undress. Foster then hit Lanier, put a knife to Lanier's throat and cut his neck. 
Lanier was then dragged into the bushes where he was laid face down and covered with pine
branches and leaves.  Lanier continued to breathe, so Foster took a knife and cut Lanier's spine
at the base of his neck. The girls and Foster then drove away in Lanier's vehicle and found his
wallet underneath a mattress.  Foster and the girls split the money in the wallet and left the
vehicle in a motel parking lot. One of the girls reported the crime and was not charged.
Resentenced to Death 8/12/93.

Jermaine Foster
Gerard Booker accrued gambling debts and decided to commit robberies to pay for his losses.  On 11/28/92, Booker enlisted the aid of Jermaine Foster and Alf Catholic to carry out the robberies. 
Armed with a .38-caliber handgun, a 9-millimeter handgun, and an Uzi-type automatic weapon, the
trio went to an area of Auburndale, Florida known as "The Hill" and approached three unknown men
who were selling drugs out of their truck.  After forcing the victims to remove their clothing and lie
on the ground, Foster, Catholic, and Booker stole the victims' cash, jewelry, crack cocaine, and
truck. Foster and Catholic sold some of the stolen drugs, but the proceeds were not enough to
cover Booker's gambling losses.  The group of Foster, Catholic, Booker, and Leondra Henderson,
who had joined the group after the other three robbed the drug dealers, decided to find a local
drug dealer and rob him as well.  The group left in the stolen truck, carrying the guns used in the previous robbery.  When the group was unable to find the intended victim, they drove to Osceola County to visit a girlfriend of Catholic and find other victims to rob. At the house of Catholic's
girlfriend, Foster, Booker, Catholic, and Henderson decided to accompany Catholic's girlfriend and
some of her friends to the Palms Bar in St. Cloud, Florida.  Catholic and Foster rode with Catholic's girlfriend, while Henderson and Booker followed in the stolen truck.  During the drive to the bar,
Foster and Catholic drank liquor and smoked marijuana.  When the group stopped for gas, they
noticed that the truck had a broken fan belt that was causing the truck to overheat.  Booker
stated that they would have to steal another car for the return ride home. While at the Palms Bar, Foster, Booker, Catholic, and Henderson found a group of three men and a woman that they
targeted to rob.  The plan was to follow the group and rob them as they left the bar in a Nissan Pathfinder.  Foster told his coconspirators that if the victims did not have any money, he was going
to kill them.  In order to get the Pathfinder to stop, Catholic, who was driving the stolen truck,
rammed the Pathfinder.  When the occupants came to inspect the damage, they were ordered at gunpoint to give up their money.  When they responded that they had no money, the victims were forced back into the Pathfinder, where Foster held them at gunpoint and Booker drove the
Pathfinder.  Henderson and Catholic followed in the stolen truck. When the stolen truck again experienced mechanical problems in the outskirts of Kissimmee, Florida, Catholic drove the truck
off the main highway and to a vacant field, with Foster and Booker following in the Pathfinder. 
All four of the victims were ordered out of the Pathfinder, and the woman was separated from the
three men.  The men were ordered to remove their clothes, and Foster had the men place their underwear and hands on their head and lie face down on the ground.  Foster then shot two of
the men in the head, killing them instantly.  He shot the third man, but the man's hand, which was
on his head, stopped the bullet from killing him, although he pretended to be dead.  Foster
approached the woman to kill her, but Booker prevented Foster from doing so. Foster, Booker, Henderson, and Catholic left in the Pathfinder, which they later tried unsuccessfully to dispose of
in a lake. Foster, Booker, Henderson, and Catholic were tried together for the crimes. 
Sentenced to Death 7/25/94.
Codefendant Information:
Booker, Henderson, and Catholic were also indicted for the same crimes as Foster. 
Henderson entered into a plea bargain and pled guilty to two counts of First-Degree Murder and one count of Attempted First-Degree Murder in exchange for testimony in state and federal trials.  He was sentenced to two concurrent life terms for the murder charges and fifteen years for the attempted murder charge. 
Booker pled guilty to all charges and Catholic was found guilty of all charges.  Booker and Catholic
were both sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder charges and twenty-seven years
imprisonment for the other charges.

Kevin D. Foster
Kevin Foster was the leader of a group called the Lords of Chaos, of which Peter Magnotti,
Christopher Black, Derek Shields, Christopher Burnett, Thomas Torrone, Bradley Young, and
Russell Ballard were all members.  The stated purpose of the group was to create disorder, through criminal acts, in the Fort Myers community. On 04/30/96, the members decided to vandalize
Riverdale High School and set the auditorium on fire.  While the others remained outside, Foster,
Black, and Torrone entered the high school and stole staplers, canned goods, and a fire extinguisher
to enable them to break into the auditorium.  Around 9:30 p.m., Riverdale's band teacher, Mark Schwebes, arrived at the auditorium and confronted the group.  Schwebes seized the stolen items
and told them that he would report the incident to the campus police the next day.  Schwebes then left to have dinner with a friend, David Adkins. Black declared that Schwebes "has got to die," to
which Foster replied that if Black could not do it, he would.  The group decided to go to Schwebes' home  and kill him there.  Foster went home to get his shotgun, and the group obtained Schwebes' address and telephone number through a telephone operator.  After verifying the address by i
dentifying Schwebes' voice on the answering machine, the group obtained a map to confirm the address, gloves, ski masks, and a license plate that had been stolen earlier, so as to enable their escape. Black, Shields, Magnotti, and Foster agreed to participate in the murder, and at 11:30 p.m., the group drove to Schwebes' house.  Foster and Shields walked to the door, and Foster hid as
Shields knocked on the door.  When Schwebes answered the door, Foster stepped between
Schwebes and Shields and shot Schwebes in the face and then shot him again in the pelvis. 
Two of Schwebes' neighbors testified to hearing a car with a loud muffler leave immediately after hearing the two shots fired and seeing the car drive away.  Shields' car had a bad muffler.  Police
found Foster's shotgun, a ski mask, gloves, and a newspaper clipping of the murder in the trunk of Magnotti's car.  Foster's fingerprints were found on the shotgun, the gloves, and the newspaper.  Burnett and Magnotti's fingerprints were also found on the newspaper. All of the group members who participated in the murder and conspiracy cooperated with the State and testified to the facts of
the case.  Schwebes' friend, David Adkins, testified that he saw Schwebes' vehicle parked at the
spot where Schwebes had confronted the group. Sentenced to Death 5/17/98.
Codefendants Information:
Pursuant to plea agreements with the State, Black and Shields were sentenced to life imprisonment; Magnotti was sentenced to thirty-two years imprisonment; Burnett was sentenced to two years in county jail for non-homicidal offenses; Torrone was sentenced to one year in county jail, ten years probation, one hundred hours of community service, and restitution.

Konstantinos Fotopoulos
During the summer of 1989, Konstantinos Fotopoulos began having an extra-marital affair with a bartender, Deidre Hunt, who worked at his bar. On 10/20/89, Fotopoulos and Hunt lured Kevin
Ramsey to an isolated shooting range by telling him he was to be inducted into a club. Fotopoulos intended to kill Ramsey to prevent Ramsey from blackmailing him [Fotopoulos] concerning
counterfeiting activities.  Fotopoulos threatened Hunt that he would kill her if she did not kill
Ramsey.  Ramsey was tied to a tree, and Hunt shot Ramsey three times in the chest and once
in the head with a .22 pistol, while Fotopoulos videotaped the shooting.  Fotopoulos stopped
taping and shot Ramsey once in the head with an AK-47 assault rifle.  Fotopoulos then conspired
to kill his wife, Lisa Fotopoulos, in order to collect $700,000 in insurance proceeds.  Fotopoulos
used the videotape of Hunt killing Ramsey in order to get Hunt's cooperation in the murder of Lisa Fotopoulos.  Fotopoulos instructed Hunt to hire someone to kill Lisa Fotopoulos.  Hunt attempted
to hire a man on two occasions, but the plan never materialized.  A friend of Hunt's, Lisa Henderson,
led Hunt to her boyfriend, Teja James, who was hired to kill Lisa Fotopoulos for $5,000.  After James botched two attempts to kill Lisa Fotopoulos, Bryan Chase was hired to kill Lisa.  After several unsuccessful attempts, Chase went to the Fotopoulos home on 11/04/89 and shot Lisa Fotopoulos once in the head, but the wound was not fatal.  Fotopoulos then shot Chase repeatedly, to make
the murder attempt appear to be a failed burglary.  In a search of the Fotopoulos home by police,
the Ramsey murder videotape, a .22 pistol, and an AK-47 assault rifle were found. 
Sentenced to Death 11/1/90.
Codefendant Information:
Deidre Hunt was indicted for the same crimes as Fotopoulos, but pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to death for the murders of Ramsey and Chase.  On appeal, however, her convictions
were affirmed but her death sentences were vacated.  Before her retrial, Hunt was allowed to
withdraw her guilty verdict and proceed to trial.  The jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges. 
On 05/07/98, Hunt was sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. 

well as phone records and physical evidence recovered from the hotel where Gordon was staying
during the time of the murder implicated him in the murder scheme. Sentenced to Death 11/16/95.
Codefendant Information:
Meryl McDonald was convicted of First-Degree Murder and was sentenced to death.
Denise Davidson was convicted in a separate trial of First-Degree Murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Susan Shore agreed to testify for the State, and as a result, her charges were reduced to
accessory after the fact.  She was sentenced to probation.
Leonardo Cisneros remains a fugitive. 

David Gore
David Gore and his cousin, Freddie Waterfield, picked up fourteen-year-old Regan Martin and
seventeen-year-old Lynn Elliott, who were hitchhiking to the beach on 07/26/83.  Gore and his
cousin drove the girls back to his house, took them to his bedroom, handcuffed them each, and
then separated them.  Gore cut Regan's clothes off her and sexually assaulted her on three
separate occasions.  After Gore left Regan, she heard Gore tell Lynn that he would kill her if she
did not shut up.  Gore had told Regan to be quiet or he would kill her too.  Gore then put Regan
in a closet, where she heard two or three gunshots.  When Gore returned, he put Regan in the
attic, where she was later rescued by the police. A witness testified that a girl (Lynn) ran naked
down the driveway of Gore's home, and Gore, who was also naked, was chasing her.  Gore caught
Lynn and threw her to the ground, then dragged her to a tree and shot her twice in the head.  Resentenced to Death 12/8/92.
Codefendant Information:
Regan Martin testified that she was "pretty sure" that Waterfield left Gore's house, and she did not see or hear him after the girls arrived at Gore's house. On 07/25/84, Waterfield, for his involvement in the murder, was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment on one count of Manslaughter.

Marshall Gore
On 04/02/88, the skeletonized remains of Susan Roark were found in Columbia County, Florida. 
Forensic investigation determined that the body was placed in that location at death, or within
two hours following death. Susan Roark was last seen alive on 01/30/88, in Cleveland, Tennessee,
in the presence of Marshall Lee Gore.  Gore was waiting at a convenience store for a friend to pick
him up and travel to Florida.  Gore struck up a conversation with Roark and the two left in Roark's
black Ford Mustang. Gore arrived in Tampa on 01/31/88, driving a black Ford Mustang.  He convinced
a friend to help him pawn several items that were later determined to have belonged to Roark.  Gore then proceeded to Miami, where he abandoned Roark's car after it was involved in a two-car
accident.  Gore's fingerprint and a Miami police traffic ticket, issued to Gore, were found in the car. 
Lisa Ingram testified that she was riding in a car with Gore on 02/19/88 when she saw a woman's
purse in the back seat.  According to Ingram, Gore told her that the purse belonged to "a girl that
he had killed last night."  Sentenced to Death 4/3/90.

Andrew Michael Gosciminski
A judge in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Friday said that the former nursing home administrator, convicted by a jury of killing Loughman last month, should pay the ultimate penalty for the 2002 murder. "It's such a heinous crime, and he deserved the death penalty," said Loughman's daughter, Karen Stillman of Danbury. It's the second time Gosciminski, now 56, was found guilty of the murder and the second time a judge sentenced him to die. Another jury convicted him of killing Loughman in 2005, but the Florida Supreme Court last year ruled that prosecutors had improperly introduced evidence and ordered a new trial. "It was bittersweet," said Stillman, who lives in Danbury. "Six of the jurors from the trial were at the sentencing. They said they came back to support the family."
Loughman, who worked for a Brookfield chiropractor and was a longtime volunteer with the Girl Scouts of America, was beaten and stabbed to death in her father's Fort Pierce condominium in September, 2002. The mother of two adult daughters, and the wife of Danbury resident Thomas Loughman, she had gone to Florida several weeks earlier to help her ailing father move into an assisted living facility.
Her father died the day after Loughman was beaten and stabbed to death.
Gosciminski was the community outreach director at the facility Loughman eventually selected, and prosecutors said he killed her so he could steal $40,000 worth of jewelry, including the two-carat diamond ring she inherited from her mother.
Judge Robert Belanger also sentenced Gosciminksi to life in prison for burglary and robbery charges stemming from the same crime.
Under Florida law, the case will automatically be reviewed by the state's high court."Because he gets another appeal, this time we're just taking it one day at a time," Stillman said.
Resentenced to Death 11/06/09.

Michael Griffin
On 04/27/93, Michael Griffin, Samuel Velez, and Nicholas Tarallo decided to commit a burglary. 
They left Tarallo's apartment in Griffin's father's Cadillac and drove to the location of a Chrysler LeBaron, where they switched cars.  Griffin had previously stolen the LeBaron, which had been
used in prior burglaries. The three proceeded to search for an appropriate target, finally arriving at
a Holiday Inn in Newport, Florida, where Griffin had prior successful burglaries.  Griffin and Velez
entered a hotel room and stole a cellular phone and purse.  Tarallo drove while Griffin and Velez
divided up the stolen property. After leaving the Holiday Inn, the three observed a police car. 
Griffin panicked and told Tarallo to evade the police car.  During these maneuvers, another police
car, driven by Officers Martin and Crespo, spotted the LeBaron and followed.  Tarallo tried to pull
over, but Griffin stated that he would not go back to jail and ordered Tarallo to continue evading
the police.  Tarallo eventually pulled over, and as the three attempted to escape, Griffin began shooting at the police, killing Officer Martin.  Tarallo and Velez surrendered to Officer Crespo, while Griffin fled in the LeBaron and was eventually apprehended. Sentenced to Death 3/7/91.
Codefendant Information:
Tarallo, in exchange for testifying for the State, pled guilty to Second-Degree Murder, Attempted
First-Degree Murder, Burglary, and two counts of Grand Theft.  He was sentenced to thirty years
in prison. 
Velez was convicted of Manslaughter, Attempted Manslaughter, Armed Burglary, and two counts
of Grand Theft.  He was sentenced to life in prison.

Norman Grim
On 07/27/98, at approximately 5:00 a.m., a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Deputy responded to a disturbance call at the house of Cynthia Campbell.  Campbell reported a disturbance behind her
home, and when the deputy investigated, he found a broken window and a chrome lug nut in the bushes below the window.  Campbell's neighbor, Norman Grim, Jr., invited her over for coffee before Deputy Lynch left. Two workers from Campbell's law office went to her house later that morning and found Campbell's car in the driveway, but no sign of Campbell in the house.  The Sheriff's Office was called and deputies responded to the scene.  When deputies questioned Grim about Campbell's disappearance, they noticed that Grim's shoulder and cut-off blue jean shorts had reddish-brown
stains on them.  Grim explained that the stains were primer paint from his car. In the afternoon of 07/27/98, two fishermen hooked a human body, later determined to be Campbell, wrapped in a
sheet, shower curtain, and masking tape. Campbell's body had deep abrasions and contusions
around her shoulders, eyes, forehead, chin, and lips, which were consistent with the blunt force
trauma of a hammer.  Campbell's body also had eleven stab wounds to the chest, which, in
conjunction with the blunt force trauma, caused her death. Earlier that afternoon, a former coworker
of Grim's spotted him in his parked car on the Pensacola Bay Bridge, with the car doors and trunk
open.  Surveillance camera videotape showed Grim entering a convenience store at the foot of the bridge shortly after he was seen parked on the bridge. Additional forensic evidence was found in
Grim's house: two damp, bloody mops in the kitchen; small areas of blood on the kitchen floor and cabinets; two bloody fingerprints on a box of trash bags; a striped pillow case with blood on it in
the kitchen trash; blood spots in the dining room; a pair of blue-jean shorts with blood stains in the living room; bloody athletic shoes; and rope consistent with the rope used on Campbell's body.  On Grim's back porch, further forensic evidence was found: a green carpet, which matched the carpet used to wrap Campbell's body; a pair of prescription glasses (with Campbell's prescription); and a
cooler that contained more forensic evidence.  In the cooler a steak knife, a piece of cloth with
blood stains, a pair of men's underwear, a tampon with blood stains, masking tape, and a
blood-stained hammer were recovered.  All forensic evidence contained Campbell's unique genetic markers. Sentenced to Death 12/21/00.

Tommy Groover
On February 6, 1982, Tommy Groover, Robert Parker and his wife Elaine Parker forced Richard Padgett to leave a nightclub, where he had been drinking with his girlfriend Nancy Sheppard.  Parker was angry because Groover had supplied Padgett with drugs that Groover was selling for Parker, but Padgett
had not paid for them.  Padgett was taken to Parker's junkyard and beaten; then he was taken to a wooded area and shot.  His throat was cut and his body was thrown in a ditch. Groover and the Parkers melted the barrel of the handgun, then went to a bar where they were joined by a young woman named Jody Dalton.  The group departed the bar to dispose of the gun and pick up another woman, Joan Bennett, who could tell them where Sheppard lived.  As the five drove in Elaine's car toward a lake, Groover asked Dalton to perform oral sex on him and she complied.  At the lake,
Dalton was shot five times.  Her body was anchored with concrete blocks and thrown in the lake.  Bennett testified that Groover beat Dalton before shooting her.  Groover later claimed Parker had
shot Dalton. The group then picked up Sheppard at her home and Billy Long at his and drove to the scene of the Padgett murder.  Long was given a gun and shown Padgett's body in the ditch.  He
was told that unless he killed Sheppard, he too would be killed.  Upon seeing her boyfriend's body,
she fell to her knees and began crying.  Long then shot her and Parker stabbed her.  Parker took Sheppard's necklace and class ring from her body before the body was thrown into the ditch with Padgett's. Sentenced to Death 2/18/83.
Codefendant Information:
Robert Parker was convicted of two counts of First-Degree Murder (Padgett and Sheppard) and
one count of Third-Degree Murder (Dalton).  The jury in 1983 recommended life sentences for
both capital murder convictions.  The judge followed the recommendation as to the Padgett
murder, but overrode it as to the Sheppard murder and sentenced Parker to death.  The
defendant received a 15 year prison sentence for the Third-Degree Murder conviction.  In 1994,
the Florida Supreme Court vacated the death sentence and Parker was subsequently
resentenced to life imprisonment without the eligibility of parole.
Elaine Parker was convicted of Second-Degree Murder for her role in the offense.  She was
sentenced in 1983 to 30 years imprisonment.  She was released in 1990. 

Jesse Guardado
Jesse Guardado met his victim Jackie Malone in 2004, shortly after he had been placed on conditional release for three separate robbery charges in Orange and Seminole Counties.  Malone, a real estate broker-contractor in Walton County, not only rented a house to Guardado but also lent him money occasionally.  She also helped him get a job at the local water treatment plant where he worked at
the time of the crime. On September 13, 2003, Guardado wanted to continue his recent cocaine
binge and attempted to rob a local grocery store, but he was thwarted by an alert employee.  He
then turned his thoughts toward Malone, who trusted Guardado and lived in a secluded area. 
Using his girlfriend's car for transportation, Guardado collected a metal "breaker bar" and a knife
and drove to Malone's home. Guardado knocked on Malone's door and identified himself, asking to
use the telephone after she opened her door.  When she turned away, he repeatedly struck her
with the "breaker bar" about the head.  After raising her arms in defense, she fell to the floor where Guardado stabbed her several times and finally slashed her throat.  Guardado stated that he thought
he would have killed her after the first blow from the "breaker bar", but "t just seemed not to go
that way, she would not die."  Thus, he continued to hit her with the bar and resorted to stabbing
her in the heart so it would be over. After beating and stabbing her, Guardado looked through
Malone's belongings in her room and took her jewelry box, briefcase, purse and cell phone.  Police caught Guardado after he cashed some of Malone's checks and used her cell phone.  Guardado confessed and pled guilty to robbery with a deadly weapon and first-degree murder. An autopsy revealed Malone was alive until the fatal stab wound to her heart.  Moreover, the victim suffered
from fractures and wounds consistent with attempts to defend herself from her attacker.
Sentenced to Death 10/13/05.

Thomas Gudinas
Thomas Gudinas and three of his roommates arrived at an Orlando bar, Barbarella's, between approximately 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. on 05/23/94.  Prior to arriving at the bar, the group drank beer
and smoked marijuana at their apartment and in the car on the way to the bar.  While drinking throughout the night, the group periodically returned to the car to smoke marijuana.  When the
bar closed at 3:00 a.m., Gudinas could not be located.  One of Gudinas' roommates testified that
he last saw Gudinas at approximately 1:00 a.m. Rachelle Smith and her fiancÚ arrived at Barbarella's between 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. on 05/23/94.  When they left the bar at approximately 2:00 a.m.,
Smith went to the wrong parking lot, where she saw a man later identified as Gudinas, watching her while crouched behind another car.  Realizing she was in the wrong parking lot, Smith walked to the correct parking lot and found her car.  Smith sensed she was being followed, so she immediately entered the car and locked the doors.  The same man who was watching Smith earlier tried to open
her passenger door, then tried to smash the driver's side window, screaming "I want to f___ you."  Smith blew her car horn and the man left.  Smith later identified Gudinas in a police photo lineup as
the man who tried to attack her. Michelle McGrath was last seen at Barbarella's at approximately
2:45 a.m.  She left her car in the same parking lot where Smith initially saw Gudinas.  McGrath's
body was discovered on 05/24/94 in an alley next to Pace School by an employee of the school. 
Her time of death was estimated to have been between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m.  McGrath's body
was naked, except for a bra which was pushed up above her breasts.  Her body had several blunt
force traumas to the head and evidence of sexual assault.  The body also had trauma to the cervix
and rectum, which was determined to have resulted from the insertion of foreign objects into her
body.  Semen was found inside McGrath's vagina and on her thigh. Prior to finding McGrath's body in the alley beside Pace School, Jane Brand, an employee of the Pace School, came upon a man inside
the gates of the school.  After being told to leave the school grounds, the man jumped the fence
and ended up in the alley.  Brand looked in the alley and found McGrath's body.  Brand later
identified the man as Gudinas. All of Gudinas' roommates testified that he was not at their apartment when they returned from Barbarella's.  They also testified that Gudinas was later seen with blood on
his underwear and scratches on his knuckles.  Gudinas attributed his wounds to a fight with two
black men who tried to rob him.  Two roommates further testified that when asked if McGrath was a "good f___," Gudinas replied, "I killed her then I f___ed her."  Sentenced to Death 6/16/95.

James Guzman
Around 08/05/91, James Guzman and Martha Cronin began living together at the Imperial Motor
Lodge, where they became acquainted with David Colvin, who also resided at the motel.  At approximately 3:00 p.m. on 08/10/01, Guzman confessed to Cronin that he had killed Colvin and
had taken a diamond ring and some money from him.  Later, Guzman also discussed the commission
of the crime with a cellmate named Paul Rogers in the spring of 1992. On 08/12/91, Colvin's body
was discovered lying face down on the bed of his motel room.  The body had nineteen stab,
incision, and hack wounds to the face, skull, back, and chest and a defensive wound to the left
hand.  The body was soaked in blood and a large amount of blood was found spattered on the walls. 
A bent and twisted samurai sword was found on the light fixture above the bed.  Colvin's blood
alcohol level was determined to be .34 at the time of death.  The cause of death was determined
to be loss of blood. Resentenced to Death 12/27/96.
Update: Federal Judge Tossed Conviction 3/21/10.

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