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: November 01, 2010, 07:59:27 AM by Jeff1857
Joshua Nelson and Keith Brennan constructed a plan to murder Tommy Owens, a peer, and steal his vehicle in order to leave the city of Cape Coral. With the knowledge that Owens kept a baseball bat in his car, Nelson and Brennan lured Owens to a remote street under false pretenses on the evening of 03/10/95. After convincing Owens to exit his car, Nelson struck Owens with the baseball bat. Owens fell to the ground after a number of blows and then had his arms and legs tied by Nelson and Brennan. Even though Owens pled for his life and offered to forfeit his car, Nelson and Brennan conferred and decided that, in order to avoid capture, they should kill Owens. Brennan used a box cutter and tried to slice Owens' throat. Owens, however, was still conscious when the stabbing
began, and he begged Nelson to hit him with the baseball bat so as to render him unconscious
before Brennan continued the stabbing. His request was granted, and Brennan continued the stabbing. Nelson and Brennan continued to strike Owens with the bat a number of times before dragging his body to nearby shes. Owens later died. Nelson and Brennan picked up Tina and Misty Porth in Owens' car and the four left the city. They left the state and drove to New Jersey after stopping in Daytona. Nelson and Brennan informed Tina and Misty over the course of the trip that
they had murdered Owens. Tina and Misty both testified at the trial. After law enforcement officers apprehended Nelson and Brennan in New Jersey, Nelson gave both a video- and audio-taped confession. Nelson gave his detailed account of the murder both at the place of the bat's discovery and at the crime scene, in his confession. The taped video confession was played at the trial for the jury. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement analyst gave testimony that a match to Owens DNA was found on Nelson's blood stained shoes, the box cutter, and the pair of underwear wrapped around the box cutter.
Sentenced to Death 11/27/96.
Keith Michael Brennan (DC# 989103)
Brennan and Nelson were tried together. The date of the offense, 03/10/95, was eight days prior to Brennan's eighteenth birthday. On 03/20/97, he was sentenced to life for
first-degree premeditated murder and 13 years, 4 months for robbery with a deadly weapon
Manuel Pardo Jr.
Manuel Pardo, a former police officer, was convicted of eight counts of first-degree murder, with an additional count in CC# 86-1417-A. Pardo admitted he intentionally killed all nine of the victims because he believed them all to be drug dealers who "have no right to live." When Rolando Garcia, his known codefendant, was shown pictures of the victims during interrogation he stated, "We took care of all these people." The State presented the case that Pardo and Garcia were drug dealers and were eliminating the competition. Both Pardo and Garcia worked for Ramon Alvero, a drug dealer. The body of Daisy Ricard, Ramon Alvero's girlfriend, was found on 04/23/86, at approximately 6:30 p.m. Her body was found in a wooded area of Hialeah. She had been shot in the head by two different .22 caliber pistols and was
missing a shoe. A casing and her watch were found near her body. Pardo's fingerprints were found on the watch. On the morning of 04/24/86, Alvero's body was found in the trunk of a car approximately one mile away from where Daisy's body was found. Ricard's matching shoe and two other .22 caliber casings were
also found in the trunk of the car. Alvero was shot with the same two guns that Ricard was shot with.
The night of 04/26/86, both Garcia and Pardo flew to New York City (NYC). They told the doctors at a hospital in NYC that Pardo had been shot in the foot while he was visiting NYC. The bullet that the doctors removed from Pardo's foot matched those taken from the bodies of Ricard and Alvero. A search warrant was then obtained for Pardo's apartment. A casing matching the casing from Alvero's car was found in Pardo's apartment. A calendar book linking seven other unsolved homicides to was also found in Pardo's apartment. Pardo made entries into the book on the dates of each homicide, in addition to taping newspaper clippings about the homicides in the book. Throughout Pardo's calendar book, numerical counting appeared that corresponded to the number of the murder victims. The victims included Mario Amador, Roberto Alfonso, Luis Robledo, Ulpiano Ledo, Sara Musa, and Fara Quintero.
Sentenced to Death 4/20/88.
Rolando Garcia (DC# 115751)
Garcia was arrested on 05/23/86 and charges with 24 counts: eight counts of first-degree murder and 16 related offenses (CC# 86-12910). Garcia had two mistrials, after which he petitioned to sever the cases.
The court severed the five counts related to the Musa/ Quintero murders and kept the remaining 19 counts together for trial. The jury convicted Garcia for the Amador, Alfonso, Alvaro, and Ricard murders, but voted to acquit on all counts directly related to the murders of Robledo and Ledo. The jury recommended death
for three of the four convictions of first-degree murder and life for the remaining count. The Court imposed four death sentences. Garcia is currently engaging in the appeals process in regarding to his death sentences.
During an armed robbery, J.B. Parker and three accomplices kidnapped Frances Slater, whom Parker later
shot to death.
On 04/27/82, Parker, along with John Bush, Alphonso Cave and Terry Wayne Johnson, set out in Bush's car from Fort Pierce to West Palm Beach. Parker stated that during the trip, Bush said the group was going to commit a robbery. Later, Bush and Cave entered the Stuart convenience store where the 18-year-old victim, Frances Slater, was working. They robbed the store and abducted Slater, placing her in the back seat of the car. They drove to an isolated area. During the 20-minute trip, the victim pleaded for her life. She was then dragged out of the
car by her hair. Bush stabbed Slater, which caused her to sink to her knees. Parker then shot her in the back
of the head execution-style. Medical testimony established that the gunshot, not the stabbing, was the cause
of death. The four then drove back to Fort Pierce and divided the money four ways. Parker's split was twenty
to thirty dollars.
Sentenced to Death 12/13/00.
John Bush (Executed in 1996)
Bush was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping, and in 1982 was sentenced to death for the murder conviction.
Alphonso Cave (DC# 087429)
Cave was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping (CC# 82-9546). He was sentenced to death in 1982, and resentenced to death in 1993 and 1997.
Terry Wayne Johnson (DC# 090336)
Johnson was convicted in 1993 of first-degree murder and kidnapping (CC# 82-352). He is serving life sentences for each of the convictions.
During an illegal drug transaction, the defendant, Norman Parker Jr., murdered Julio Chavez with a single gunshot.
On 07/18/78, Parker and codefendant Robbie Lee Manson were admitted into a Miami home to complete
an illegal drug deal with two male occupants of the home. Soon thereafter, the defendants produced firearms and demanded cocaine and money from the two men. They were forced to surrender jewelry,
strip naked and lie on a bed. Two other occupants, a female and her boyfriend, were discovered in
another room and also were forced to strip naked and surrender jewelry. All four victims were then
confined to the same room, on the same bed. Parker then searched the home for additional valuables
while Manson stood guard over the four occupants. After a period of time, Parker aimed a revolver at Chavez's back, whereupon Manson handed him a pillow. Parker then shot Chavez through the pillow.
The other three victims heard the muffled shot and nothing further from Chavez. Parker then committed
a sexual battery on the female. Both Parker and Manson then fled. They were later identified by the surviving victims from a photographic lineup.
Sentenced to Death 11/18/81.
Robbie Lee Manson - Fugitive
A Department of Corrections post-sentence investigation found that Robbie Lee Manson was at large in 1981. No additional information is available.
Convicted and sentenced to death in the 2002 slaying of 16-year-old Joshan Ashbrook.
A Pasco County jury found Partin guilty of 1st-degree murder in March. The same jury then voted 9-3 to recommend he be sentenced to death; Circuit Judge William Webb handed down the death sentence.
According to trial testimony, Partin picked up Ashbrook as she was hitchhiking along U.S. 19 on July 31, 2002. Partin and Ashbrook spent the day fishing and swimming with Partin's daughter, Patrisha, then 7, before returning to the New Port Richey house where he and his daughter were living.
Partin, his daughter and Ashbrook remained at the house until that night. Prosecutors think Ashbrook was killed between 9 p.m. and midnight. The next morning, workers found Ashbrook's body in woods off Shady Hills Road. Partin dropped his daughter off in Wauchula nine days later and left the state. Investigators tracked him to Fayetteville, N.C., where he was arrested in October 2003.
Sentenced to Death 12/2/08.
Circuit Judge William Fuente this morning sentenced a man to death for the 2002 slayings of the man's wife and stepdaughter. It was a dry, half-hour-long hearing where Fuente read from the sentencing report. Ultimately, he sided with jurors, who recommended in late October that Khalid Ali Pasha receive the death penalty. A majority
of jurors must recommend the death penalty before a judge can impose the sentence. The jurors in Pasha's case voted 7-5. Had one more juror voted against death, Pasha would not have been eligible. At trial, witnesses
testified that on Aug. 23, 2002, they were in the parking lot behind Woodland Corporate Center near Waters and North Manhattan avenues. They saw a tall black man walk in and out of the woods, carrying a shiny object and wearing a white jumpsuit covered in blood. While on the phone with a 911 operator, one witness and his wife said they saw the man get into a white van, then drive away as they followed in their pickup. Deputies stopped Pasha
in his white van as he waited for a red light. In the van, they found a white jumpsuit covered in the blood of the two victims and a bloody knife. Through the woods at the corporate center, deputies came to a cul-de-sac and found the car and bloody bodies of Robin Canady, 43, and her daughter, Ranesha Singleton, 20. More blood was found on Pasha's boots, on his tank top and on latex gloves found in the van. A psychiatrist evaluated Pasha and found him to be cooperative, to a point, but seemed to be hiding something. Fuente said the psychiatrist's report noted that Pasha suffers from paranoia and can become combative when confronted.
The case took five years to go to trial. Pasha fired four lawyers and tried to represent himself on more than one occasion. Pasha, 64, has spent more than half his life in prison on charges including armed robbery, armed
burglary and bank robbery, Harb said. In Indiana, Pasha escaped once from prison and once from a county jail. Twice, he had been sentenced to life in prison. One of those sentences was thrown out on appeal after
attorneys proved there was a problem with a police lineup. A second life sentence was reduced to 40 years.
Pasha was paroled after 20, Harb said. Pasha was on parole when killed his wife and stepdaughter.
Sentenced to Death 5/30/08.
Update: FL Supreme Court Overturned Conviction on 6/24/10.
A Broward judge sentenced a Boca Raton man to death for hog-tying, beating, strangling and robbing a 72-year-old man in Oakland Park.In February, a Broward County jury convicted Eric Kurt Patrick, 46, of first-degree murder for the September 2005 slaying of Steven Schumacher. In June, the same jurors voted 7-5 to recommend the death sentence. Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes imposed the death sentence, said prosecutor Shari Tate. Police said Patrick planned to rob Schumacher, an openly gay man who frequented the Cubby Hole bar in Fort Lauderdale. The 10-time convicted felon confessed to the killing, saying he beat Schumacher in the man's home because he made a pass at him. Defense attorneys had urged jurors to spare Patrick's life by detailing accounts of his "systematic, brutal, sadistic treatment" as a child. But Tate argued that Patrick's sad childhood did not outweigh the brutality of the murder. Patrick methodically hog-tied Schumacher, knocked three teeth out of his mouth, and pummeled and strangled him, Tate said. Schumacher even left to get crack cocaine and returned to smoke it, while Schumacher lay dying in his own bathtub, she said.
Sentenced to Death 10/9/09.
On 09/02/81, Robert Lester Patton was driving a stolen car. A Miami police officer stopped the car
because Patton was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. Patton abandoned the car and fled
the scene on foot. The officer pursued Patton on foot down an alley. A witness testified that Patton
hid in the alley, waited for the officer to approach, and then shot him. Other witnesses testified that
they heard gunshots. Patton then stole another car at gunpoint and drove away. The officer was shot twice. The first bullet pierced his heart, killing him instantly. The other bullet penetrated the officer's
foot indicating that he had been shot after he was dead and lying on the ground. Patton was arrested on 09/02/81. On 09/04/81, the police obtained a search warrant to search Patton's grandmother's home.
The gun, used to shoot the officer, was found beneath a heating grate.
Sentenced to Death 5/15/89.
Robert Ira Peede drove his motorcycle from Hillsboro, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida on 03/30/83
with the intent of getting his estranged wife, Darla Peede, to return to North Carolina with him. The full extent of his plan was to use Ms. Peede as a decoy to lure his former wife, Geraldine, and her current boyfriend, Calvin Wagner, to a motel where he was going to kill them. He sold his motorcycle and flew to Miami, Florida. At approximately 5:15 p.m., Peede called Darla and requested that she come pick him up
at the airport. Darla agreed but prior to her departure she left strict instructions with her daughter to
call the police if she was not back by midnight and to give them the license plate number of her car. Darla also gave her daughter both Geraldine's and the Hillsboro Police Department's phone numbers. Darla feared that she would be forced to return to North Carolina and would be killed with the others. She purposefully only took her purse with her when she left her home. According to Peede's statements, Darla picked him up at the airport. He then directed her to drive north on Interstate 95. The two mistakenly got on to the turnpike heading toward Orlando. As some point the song "Swinging" came on the radio. Due to Peede's
belief that Darla and Geraldine had placed an ad for sexual partners in the national magazine "Swinger," Peede superficially cut Darla in the side with his knife. On the way to Orlando, the two picked up a
hitchhiker. The hitchhiker drove the car while the two had intercourse in the back seat. Darla remained in
the back seat and the hitchhiker was dropped off in Orlando. Peede drove toward Daytona Beach on I-4.
The two began discussing Peede's idea about the advertisement in the magazine "Swingers." About five
or six miles outside of Orlando, Peede stopped the car on the shoulder of the road, jumped into the back seat, and stabbed Darla in the neck. This wound resulted in Darla bleeding to death within five to fifteen minutes. Peede continued to drive to North Carolina. He discarded Darla's body in a wooded area in
Camden, Georgia. Peede threw his knife out of the car window at some point during the drive. Peede still
had intentions of carrying out the murders of Geraldine and Calvin; his shotgun was loaded and placed by
the door when he was arrested. Peede was arrested at his home in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Darla's car
was parked outside of his residence. The car's interior was heavily bloodstained. Peede wrote out a confession stating that he killed Darla by stabbing her in the throat. Peede also asked for the death
penalty and for this sentence to be carried out as soon as possible.
Sentenced to Death 3/5/84.
Convicted of the 1994 murders of Anderson, Marie Rogers and Casimir "Butch Casey" Sucharski, owner of the popular Casey's Nickelodeon bar in Pembroke Park. Penalver stood accused with co-defendant Pablo Ibar, 27.
Sentenced to Death 12/99. New Trial granted 2006.
On 02/11/89, Daniel Jon Peterka was scheduled to report to authorities in Nebraska to begin serving two consecutive one-year prison terms for theft. Prior to surrendering, Peterka revealed to his girlfriend at the time
that he did not want to go to jail and that he wanted to get a job and establish himself somewhere
else. Peterka appeared in Niceville, Florida, in late February 1989. He moved in with Ronald LeCompte. LeCompte bought a .357 magnum handgun for Peterka as a favor. In April of 1989, Peterka moved to a
duplex that he shared with John Russell. Witnesses stated that the two did not have a good relationship.
On 06/27/89, Peterka acquired a driver's license with Russell's name and his own picture. He then cashed
a $300 money order sent to Russell by a relative. When Russell realized that he had not received the
money order, he became suspicious of Peterka. Russell obtained a copy of the money order from a relative and related his suspicions to the bank. A bank employee, in turn, stated that a formal charge of forgery
could begin only when the original copy of the money order was received. A number of witnesses testified that Russell did not plan on confronting Peterka about the missing money order because he was uncomfortable due
to the gun being in the house. Peterka's girlfriend, Frances Thompson, stated that Russell helped her move her belongings out of the duplex on the morning of 07/12/89. According to Thompson, on the night on 07/12/89, Peterka appeared at Thompson's job driving Russell's car. He took Thompson out to dinner and explained that
he was a fugitive and that he did not want go to prison. Frances stayed the night at the duplex and then left
for work the next morning. Russell did not show up for work on the morning of 07/13/89. A co-worker, Gary
Johnson, went to the duplex around 9:00 a.m. and stated that he saw Russell's car in the driveway. Concerned about Russell, the coworker let himself into the duplex via a window when no one answered the door. He noticed that the cushions from the couch were missing and, after locating the gun, noted that it was unloaded. He
returned after work and questioned Peterka about Russell. Peterka denied any knowledge of Russell's
whereabouts, stating only that he had left with someone the night before. Johnson filed a missing person report with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department that night. Deputy Harkins went to the duplex to follow up on
the report. Peterka again reiterated that he did not know where Russell was, stating only that he had left with
"a long haired guy" the night before. Peterka gave Deputy Harkins a birth certificate as identification, stating
that he had lost his driver's license. Deputy Harkins ran a computer check on Peterka and learned that he was
a fugitive from Nebraska and was considered "armed and dangerous." Peterka was arrested on 07/14/89,
at 1:30 a.m. The deputies searched the duplex and found the gun. Peterka told the deputies that the gun
belonged to a friend and showed them the bill of sale. The gun was not confiscated. The deputies found a
driver's license with Peterka's picture and Russell's name, Russell's Social Security card, other identification belonging to Russell, $407, a newspaper clipping advertising jobs in Alaska, and Peterka's Nebraska driver's
license in Peterka's wallet. Peterka phoned Frances Thompson from jail and asked her to remove some
items from the duplex and save them. Frances found a shovel in the trunk of the victim's car and noticed that
the cushions for the couch were outside. She called the Sheriff's Department and reported her findings. The
gun was transferred to the deputies' possession and a police search revealed possible bloodstains on the couch were the cushions had been and on the carpet beneath the couch. Bloodstains were also found in the trunk of
the car and on the tail lights. On 07/18/89, Peterka called his boss, "Shorty" Purvis, and asked him to visit him
in jail. During their meeting, Peterka admitted killing Russell. Peterka told police that he had forged Russell's signature on the money order and that he had paid Russell $100 to use his identification. When discussing the money order, Russell started shoving Peterak and the two ended up fighting in the living room. Both reached for
the gun, and Peterka won. As Russell got up from the couch, the gun accidentally went off and shot Russell in
the top of the head. Peterka wrapped Russell's body in a rug and drove him to a remote part of Eglin Air Force
Base and buried him in a shallow grave. Peterka took officials to the body. The medical examiner testified that
the wound was consistent with the victim being shot from behind while he was in a reclining position. A
firearms expert testified that the gun used to kill Russell was in good working order and that it would not fire accidentally, due to the fact that the gun had two safety mechanisms.
Sentenced to Death 4/25/90
On December 24, 1997, John Cardoso, an employee at a "Big Lots" store in St. Petersburg, was shot and killed by
a masked gunman during an armed robbery. Six store employees, Karen Smith, Maria Soto, Shirley Bellamy, John Cardoso, Josh McBride, and Wanda Church, were closing the store after business hours on Christmas Eve when
they were surprised by a masked assailant. Smith, Soto, and Bellamy were in the locked office when they heard crashing noises coming from the employee break room. When the three women opened the door to investigate
the noise, they saw a man with a gun and Cardoso lying face down on the floor of the break room. The gunman was wearing a nylon stocking over his face and latex gloves on his hands. The gunman held the gun to Smith's head, forcing the women to step over Cardoso's body on the way through the break room and into the adjacent stockroom. Once in the stockroom, the three women and Josh McBride, another employee who had entered the stockroom, were made to get down on their hands and knees. The gunman threatened Smith again in order to force the remaining employee, Wanda Church, into the stockroom with the others. The gunman then forced
Smith to go into the office. He took a backpack from the sales floor and ordered Smith to fill it with money, demanding that she not look at him. When the bag was filled, he moved everyone into the break room and
made them lie on the floor next to Cardoso's body. After the gunman left through the store's emergency exit,
Soto and Church got up to call the police. Cardoso died as a result of a gunshot wound to the torso. He had
also sustained abrasions and contusions to the right back, arm, and hand, which appeared to have been inflicted shortly before the time of death. According to the forensic testimony of Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Noel
Palma, Cardoso was shot from the back from a distance of less than 12 inches. During the investigation, Smith identified Peterson from a photopack shown to her by law enforcement officers. Although Soto
could not identify the assailant during the investigation, she identified Peterson as the assailant during
the trial. James Davis, who was a customer in the Big Lots store on the day of the robbery, identified Peterson from a photopack as a man he saw lingering and pacing in the back of the store on the day in question.
Sentenced to Death 1/6/06.
Robert Earl Peterson
A Jacksonville man convicted of brutally murdering his stepfather has been sentenced to death. Robert Earl Peterson, 45, received the death penalty for the August 2005 murder of 64-year-old Roy Bryan Andrews, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff's Office patrolman. Circuit Judge L. Paige Haddock called the violent attack in a Jacksonville cemetery vicious and brutal, made worse by Andrews realizing he was about to die at the hands of a stepson he had supported financially in hopes he might someday get his life straightened out. A jury recommended the death penalty in September on a 7-5 vote following Peterson's conviction. Under state law, death sentences are automatically appealed to Florida's Supreme Court. Sentenced to Death 12/11/09.
The first witness was Pham's stepdaughter, Lana Pham, a 10th grader. She told jurors that she was home alone
the evening of Oct. 22, 2005, when Pham forced his way in. He dragged her by the hair to her bedroom, bound
her, prayed with her then when her mother, Phi Ai "Amy" Pham, 32, walked in, he attacked the woman with a butcher knife. The girl said Tai Pham then got into a fight with her mother's boyfriend, Christopher Higgins, and
while they struggled, she called for help. Assistant State Attorney Gino Feliciani told jurors that Tai Pham
stabbed and slashed his wife at least six times. Tai Pham also stabbed Higgins in the ear, Feliciani said.
Sentenced to Death 11/14/08.
A Duval County jury took less than two hours Wednesday to convict a man accused of gunning down a Westside lumber store employee who was trying to stop the armed robbery of a co-worker. Galante Phillips was convicted
of first-degree murder and armed robbery in the 2005 shooting death of Christopher Aligada. The shooting
happened outside Builders First Source on Roosevelt Boulevard, where Aligada worked. Police said the robber
was holding up another employee at gunpoint, but when Aligada approached the scene, the bandit opened fire, killing him. Almost a year after the fatal shooting, police said a tip led them to arrest Phillips.
Phillips' trial began with the testimony of the man police said was being robbed when Aligada stepped in to help.
Wilbert Sweet told the jury it was Phillips who shot and killed his friend and co-worker outside Builders First
Source. "Mr. Galante Phillips was right there with a gun," said Sweet. "He pointed it at me and demanded my
money." Sentenced to Death 9/20/08.
During the evening of 08/31/82, several rounds of gunfire were heard in the vicinity of the Parole and Probation building in Miami. The body of parole supervisor Bjorn Svenson was found in the parking lot, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. Forensic evidence demonstrated that Svenson was shot twice in the chest and fled a short distance before being killed by repeated shots in the head and back. Svenson was the supervisor of several probation officers who were in charge of Phillips' parole. For two years prior to the murder, Svenson and Phillips
had encounters regarding Phillips' unauthorized contact with a probation officer, with Phillips being advised to
stay away from probation officers and the parole building unless making an authorized visit. After one such incident, Phillips' parole was revoked and he was returned to prison for approximately twenty months.
On 08/24/82, several rounds of gunfire were shot through the front window of a home occupied by the two probation officers who had testified against Phillips. Following Svenson's murder, Phillips was incarcerated for
parole violations. Several inmates testified that Phillips told them that he had killed a parole officer.
Resentenced to Death 4/20/94.
Lenard Philmore was convicted in the 11/14/97, murder of Kazue Perron and sentenced to death.
Philmore and Anthony Spann, the codefendant, wanted to go to New York and decided to rob a store to obtain
the money required to get there. Their first attempt to rob a pawnshop failed and, subsequently, they decided
to rob a bank. On 11/13/97, after picking up their girlfriends, Spann told Philmore that in order to rob a bank
they needed to steal a car to use as a getaway vehicle. Spann also told Philmore they had to kill the driver.
On 11/14/97, Philmore and Spann started to search for a car to steal at the Palm Beach Mall. Using Spann's Subaru, they followed a woman in her vehicle to another mall, but failed to steal her car. Then, they noticed
Perron driving her Lexus in a nearby neighborhood and began to follow her. Philmore and Spann followed Perron
until she pulled into a driveway. Spann then told Philmore to "get her." Spann walked up to Perron, who was
still in her car, and asked if he could use her phone, but she told him she did not live in the house. Philmore
then took out his gun and ordered her to move over to the passenger side of the car. Philmore drove Perron's
Lexus while Spann followed in his Subaru. During the drive, Perron was crying and told Philmore she was
scared. Spann flashed his lights at Philmore indicating that he wanted to pull over. Spann then told Philmore
to take Perron to the bank. Philmore asked her if she had any money in her account. She told him no but
offered to give him the $40 she had with her. Philmore took off her rings and stored them in the armrest of
the Lexus. Perron asked if Philmore or Spann was going to kill her, and he replied that no one was going to kill
her. After they continued to drive for a while, Spann flashed his lights again indicating that they should turn
down a street. They were then in western Martin County. Once they stopped, Philmore told Perron to get out
of the car and to start to walk toward some high vegetation in the area. Perron began to resist and Philmore
shot her once in the head. Philmore put the body in the vegetation. Philmore and Spann, both still in the
separate cars, then drove to Indiantown and stopped at a store where Spann pointed out a bank for them to rob. Philmore left the Lexus a distance from the bank and rode with Spann. While Spann was waiting in the car,
Philmore went into the bank, grabbed $1,100 from the teller, and returned to the Subaru. They then drove to
the Lexus, hid the Subaru and drove away. Philmore discarded his tank top out of the car window, which had Perron's blood on it. They drove back to Palm Beach County to pick up their girlfriends and eat. Philmore then wanted to go to a house because he had left his shoes there. Upon driving to the house, they spotted an undercover police vehicle near the house. The officer in the vehicle recognized Spann because of an outstanding warrant he had. Spann, with Philmore and the two girls in the car, sped away and the officer followed, which
began a high-speed chase on Interstate 95. The chase led them back to Martin County, where a tire blew out
on the Lexus. All four of them hid in a nearby orange grove, but were discovered by the manager of the grove. The manager told authorities where to find them and they were arrested. During the Police interviews Philmore confessed to the robbery, stealing the car and shooting Perron. On 11/21/97, Philmore took the police to the
spot they had left Perron's body.
Sentenced to Death 7/21/00.
Noberto Pietri was at Lantana Community Correctional Work Release Center awaiting a transfer to a more secure facility. On 08/18/88, Pietri walked away from the center. For the next four days he used cocaine and committed burglaries to acquire the money to support his drug use. One such incident occurred on 08/22/88. Pietri broke into
a house and stole items including a 9-mm semiautomatic and a .38-caliber revolver. Preceding the burglary, Pietri was driving a stolen silver pickup truck. A witness saw a man (later identified as Pietri) driving a silver pickup truck speed past Officer Chappell. Officer Chappell was on his motorcycle patrolling for speeding motorists. After being followed by the Officer Chappell for approximately one mile, Pietri stopped the truck. Witnesses stated that Officer Chappell approached the truck with his gun in his holster. The officer was shot once in the chest within two to
four feet of the truck. Officer Chappell radioed that he had been shot. When the first officer arrived on the
scene, he stated that Officer Chappell's gun was still in its holster, but that the holster had been unsnapped.
The shot resulted in Officer Chappell's death. Pietri left the scene and drove to his nephew's house. He disposed
of the truck by dumping it into a canal off the Florida Turnpike. Pietri's fingerprint was found on the inside of the driver's window. A search ensued for Pietri. On 08/24/88, Pietri stole another car. An officer, who was not in uniform, identified Pietri. Pietri threatened to shoot the officer and proceeded to escape. Later that same evening, Pietri stole a car from the driveway of a young couple. The wife was seated in the driver's seat while the husband had returned to the home to retrieve something. Pietri jumped into the car and demanded that the wife drive. He said, "Drive, or I'll shoot you." When she hesitated, Pietri pushed her out of the car and started to drive away. Pietri did slow down to allow the husband to take the couple's child from the back seat. A police officer spotted
the stolen car. Pietri stopped the car and motioned for the officer to approach the car. As the officer approached with his gun drawn, Pietri sped away. A car chase that involved speeds of over 100 mph took place until Pietri
lost control of the car. Pietri then jumped out of the car and proceeded to run away. While running he reached
in his pants, pulled out a bag of cocaine, and placed it in his mouth. An officer caught up with Pietri and arrested him. A forensic examiner testified that Officer Chappell was shot from a distance of three to eight feet and that
the 9-mm bullet that killed Officer Chappell matched the casings of the bullets provided from the stolen firearms.
Sentenced to Death 3/15/90.
David Pittman was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Clarence, Barbara, and Bonnie Knowles.
Clarence and Barbara Knowles' daughter, Marie, was married to Pittman. Marie initiated a divorce, which Pittman
did not want. During the course of the divorce, Pittman had threatened to harm both Marie and her family.
In the early morning hours of 05/15/90, witnesses phoned the fire department to report that the residence of Clarence and Barbara Knowles, Marie's parents, was on fire. It was discovered, after the investigation, that the perpetrator had cut the phone line and after setting the fire stole the car of Bonnie Knowles, the couple's other daughter. The bodies of Clarence, Barbara, and Bonnie were found in the home. The cause of death for all three was attributed to multiple stab wounds, which resulted in massive bleeding. Additionally, Bonnie Knowles' throat
had been slit. Another witness testified that on the same morning of 05/15/90, he saw a car similar to Bonnie Knowles' in a ditch on the side of the road close to the Knowles' home. This witness saw a truck, determined to belong to Pittman, pull beside the car. The witness later noticed the car on fire. Another witness saw a man running from the burning car, and later identified the man as Pittman in a photo line-up. A jailhouse informant testified that Pittman confessed to the aforementioned crimes.
Sentenced to Death 4/25/91.
On 11/27/87, Anthony Ponticelli arrived at Keith Dotson's house around 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Ponticelli stayed
for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Around 7:30 p.m., Ponticelli was seen at Ralph and Nick Grandinetti's house. Timothy Keese, the Grandinetti's roommate, heard the three discussing money that Ponticelli owed the two
brothers for cocaine. Ponticelli told the two that he would sell the cocaine that they currently had and then
settle up with them in regard to the money that he owed them. The two brothers agreed to take Ponticelli to
sell the cocaine. The three left the house. Keese left the house and when he returned neither of the Grandetti brothers was there. Ed Brown, Dotson's cousin who was at Dotson's house, stated that Ponticelli returned to Dotson's house with two people in the car. Ponticelli told Brown that he intended to kill the two brothers for
money and cocaine. Ponticelli showed the gun to Brown and told him that he would need a ride back to
Ponticelli's house later. Brown begrudgingly agreed to give Ponticelli a ride later and gave him Dotson's phone number. Dennis Freeman, Ponticelli's cellmate after arrest, testified that Ponticelli stated the following events. Ponticelli shot the two Grandetti brothers in the head. He shot the driver first with two shots and then the passenger once. The passenger was still alive. Joseph Leonard, Ponticelli's best friend, testified that Ponticelli arrived at his house around 9:30 p.m., after the shooting. Ponticelli returned a gun that Leonard had allowed him
to borrow. At this time, Ponticelli stated that he "did Nick" and asked Leonard what he should do with the bodies. Ponticelli told Leonard that the Grandetti's had been harassing him about money that he owed them and would
not let him leave their house until they got their money. Ponticelli then left Leonard's house. Upon leaving
Leonard's house, Ponticelli got a flat tire and abandoned the car with the bodies still in it. Around 11:30 p.m. Ponticelli took a cab back to Dotson's house. He told Dotson that he had shot the Grandetti brothers in the car
for cocaine and $2000. Brown testified that Ponticelli asked him if he thought a person could live through being
shot in the head. Ponticelli told Brown that he had heard one of the men moaning. Brown stated that he told Ponticelli not to worry. Ponticelli washed his clothes while at Dotson's house and Brown then drove him home.
The Grandetti brothers were found on 11/28/87. Nick Grandetti was found on the floorboard of the car. His head was badly injured, and he was gasping for air and kicking his foot. His head was covered with blood, and there
was blood spattered all over the car. Nick survived until 12/12/87. He died of cardiac arrest, which was secondary to the gunshot wounds. An autopsy showed that Nick had suffered two gunshot wounds to the back of the head, and he had a number of bruises on the back and side of his head, which was consistent with blunt force trauma. The skin on his right ear was red and peeling, which was consistent with hot pressure being placed upon the ear
for an extended period of time. Ralph Grandetti was dead in the back seat of the car when the two were found.
The medical examiner stated that Ralph died within two minutes of being shot. He was shot once in the head at close range. On 11/29/87, Ponticelli burned some clothing in Ronald Halsey's backyard. Halsey testified that he asked Ponticelli why he was burning his clothes and Ponticelli told him that he had shot two men who he owed money for cocaine. Ponticelli stated that he shot both of the men in the head and threw one in the back seat.
The other man was still moving so Ponticelli related that he hit him in the head with the butt of the gun a number
of times. Ponticelli then stated that he had a flat tire, so he took several grams of cocaine and $90 in cash.
Leonard gave the police the murder weapon and provided them with a statement. This evidence and statement resulted in Ponticelli's arrest.
Sentenced to Death 9/6/88.
Mark Anthony Poole
On 08/25/05, Mark Anthony Poole was sentenced to death for the murder of Noah Scott and to life
in prison for the attempted murder Scott's fiancée. Noah Scott, 24, and his fiancée, whose name is intentionally omitted, were living in the Orangewood Village Mobile Home Park in Lakeland, Florida.
At the time, Scott's fiancée was about five months pregnant with the couple's first child. On the evening of 10/12/01, Poole broke into the couple's home as they were sleeping. His fiancée awoke
in the middle of the night with a pillow being placed over her face and an intruder sitting on
top of her. Poole began to rape her and sexually assault her, demanding to know where the
money was. She resisted and begged Poole not to hurt her because of her pregnancy, but Poole repeatedly struck her with a tire iron, severing two of her fingers and causing her to move in and
out of consciousness. During the attack, Scott attempted to stop Poole but was repeatedly struck
in the head with the tire iron, rendering him unconscious. At some point after the attack, Poole left the bedroom to collect a cache of video games and game equipment. Before leaving, Poole re-
entered the bedroom, touched her vaginal area and said "thank you." The female victim fully
regained consciousness the next morning at the sound of her alarm. She retrieved her cell phone
and called 911. Shortly thereafter, police officers were dispatched to the home. Scott was
pronounced dead at the scene. His fiancée was found severely injured in the hallway adjacent to
the bedroom with multiple face and head wounds and missing part of her fingers. She was rushed
to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where doctors treated nine lacerations to her head. Some
were so deep they exposed her skull. Medical reports indicated that Scott was struck at least 13
times in the head. Several witnesses told police officers that they saw Poole or a man matching
Poole's description near the victims' home on the night of the attacks. Pamela Johnson, Poole's girlfriend, testified that on that evening, Poole left his house sometime in the evening and did not return until 4:50 a.m. Scott's fiancée testified that Scott had owned a Sega Genesis, Sega
Dreamcast, and a Super Nintendo. The night of the attacks, Poole sold the gaming systems to
Ventura Rico, a man who lived in the same mobile home park as the victims. Melissa Nixon, girlfriend
to Rico's cousin, had witnessed the exchange. Nixon testified that the next morning, her son noticed blood on one of the gaming systems. DNA analysis confirmed that the blood found on the Sega Genesis box, Sega Dreamcast box, and the Super Nintendo matched the DNA profile of Scott. A
vaginal swab confirmed that the semen found in the female victim was that of Mark Poole. From Poole's home, police retrieved a blue polo shirt and the pair of Vans shoes Poole said
he had been wearing on the night of the murder. A stain found on the left sleeve of one of Poole's shirts matched the female victim's blood type. A footwear examination revealed that one of the two footwear impressions found on a notebook in the victim's trailer matched Poole's left Vans shoe.
The tire iron used in the crimes was found underneath a motor home near the victims' home. After surviving the attack, Scott's fiancée gave birth to a baby boy.
Resentenced to Death 8/25/05. Another resentencing pending.
On 01/30/95, Leroy Pooler showed up to the house of his ex-girlfriend, Kim Brown. He knocked on the front door
of the apartment. Ms. Brown and her brother, Alvonza Colson, were home at the time. Upon seeing that it was Pooler, Ms. Brown told Pooler that she did not want to see him anymore. There was evidence that supported the hypothesis that Ms. Brown was dating another man. Mr. Colson proceeded to open the door and inquire as to
what Pooler wanted. When Mr. Colson saw that Pooler had a gun, he attempted to run through the front door
and escape; Pooler shot him in the back and dragged him back into the apartment by his leg. At this time, Ms. Brown began to plead with Pooler not to kill her or her brother. She requested that Mr. Colson get to a hospital, and Pooler agreed to allow him to call an ambulance. He then changed his mind and told Mr. Colson to call an ambulance once he and Ms. Brown left. Ms. Brown followed Pooler to the front door of the apartment, but shut
and locked the door after Pooler exited. Mr. Colson told Brown to run out of the back of the apartment, and he would stay and call an ambulance. It was at this time that Mr. Colson realized that the phone wires had been cut. He started towards the back door as Pooler was breaking through the front door. Pooler found Mr. Colson hiding
in an area near the back door, but was distracted by Ms. Brown's cries for help from behind the apartment. Pooler left Mr. Colson and left the apartment. When he caught up with Ms. Brown, he struck her in the head with the
gun. This blow caused the gun to fire. Pooler pulled Ms. Brown toward his car as she begged him not to kill her.
Ms. Brown began to fight against Pooler. As Pooler began to pull her back towards the apartment, he shot her several times. At one point he paused to say, "You want some more?" Several witnesses saw the shooting. Ms. Brown was shot five times, one of which was in the head. Pooler drove away in his car.
Two days prior to the incident, Ms. Brown told one of her friends that Pooler had told her that he was going to
kill her because, if he could not have her, no one else would.
Sentenced to Death 3/29/96.
Mark Anthony Poole
On 08/25/05, Mark Anthony Poole was sentenced to death for the murder of Noah Scott and to life in prison for the attempted murder Scott's fiancée. Noah Scott, 24, and his fiancée, whose name is intentionally omitted, were living in the Orangewood Village Mobile Home Park in Lakeland, Florida.
At the time, Scott's fiancée was about five months pregnant with the couple's first child. On the evening of 10/12/01, Poole broke into the couple's home as they were sleeping. His fiancée awoke
in the middle of the night with a pillow being placed over her face and an intruder sitting on top of
her. Poole began to rape her and sexually assault her, demanding to know where the money was. She resisted and begged Poole not to hurt her because of her pregnancy, but Poole repeatedly
struck her with a tire iron, severing two of her fingers and causing her to move in and out of consciousness. During the attack, Scott attempted to stop Poole but was repeatedly struck in the head with the tire iron, rendering him unconscious. At some point after the attack, Poole left the bedroom to collect a cache of video games and game equipment. Before leaving, Poole re-entered
the bedroom, touched her vaginal area and said "thank you."
The female victim fully regained consciousness the next morning at the sound of her alarm. She retrieved her cell phone and called 911. Shortly thereafter, police officers were dispatched to the home. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. His fiancée was found severely injured in the hallway adjacent to the bedroom with multiple face and head wounds and missing part of her fingers. She was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where doctors treated nine lacerations to her head. Some were so deep they exposed her skull. Medical reports indicated that Scott was struck
at least 13 times in the head.
Several witnesses told police officers that they saw Poole or a man matching Poole's description
near the victims' home on the night of the attacks. Pamela Johnson, Poole's girlfriend, testified that
on that evening, Poole left his house sometime in the evening and did not return until 4:50 a.m. Scott's fiancée testified that Scott had owned a Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, and a Super Nintendo. The night of the attacks, Poole sold the gaming systems to Ventura Rico, a man who lived
in the same mobile home park as the victims. Melissa Nixon, girlfriend to Rico's cousin, had witnessed the exchange. Nixon testified that the next morning, her son noticed blood on one of the gaming systems. DNA analysis confirmed that the blood found on the Sega Genesis box, Sega Dreamcast
box, and the Super Nintendo matched the DNA profile of Scott. A vaginal swab confirmed that the semen found in the female victim was that of Mark Poole. From Poole's home, police retrieved a blue polo shirt and the pair of Vans shoes Poole said he had been wearing on the night of the murder. A stain found on the left sleeve of one of Poole's shirts matched the female victim's blood type. A footwear examination revealed that one of the two footwear impressions found on a notebook in the victim's trailer matched Poole's left Vans shoe. The tire iron used in the crimes was found underneath a motor home near the victims' home.
After surviving the attack, Scott's fiancée gave birth to a baby boy.
Poole's sexual battery case was treated separately (CC# 01-4708) for which he was sentenced to life in prison.
Poole has criminal histories in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
Two mental health experts were hired by the defense. Both examiners testified that, although Poole
is not insane, he does have low intellect, a substance-abuse problem, and moderate brain damage.
Update: Florida Supreme Court Tossed Death Sentence on 1211/08.
Thomas Dewey Pope
The two victims, Al Doranz and Caesar Di Russo, were killed on 01/16/81. Pope was convicted of their murder in addition to the murder of Kristine Walters.
Thomas Pope and Susan Eckard, Pope's girlfriend, admitted being with Al Doranz and Kristine Walters, Doranz's girlfriend, at Ms. Walters' apartment on the night of 01/16/81. Eckard testified that she and Pope had left the apartment to visit Clarence 'Buddy' Lagle and to pick up some hamburgers. Lagle later testified at the trial that he had made a silencer for an AR-7 rifle for Pope. Eckard and Pope then returned to Walters' apartment. Pope and Doranz talked Walters into going with Eckard to the apartment where Pope was staying at the time. Pope did not
go with the two women. Eckard testified that Pope had arranged a drug deal with Doranz and Di Russo.
Sometime later that night, Pope showed up at his own apartment. He told Walters that something had happened and Doranz had been injured, and that she should stay at his apartment for a while. Eckard testified that, at this time, she knew that Di Russo and Doranz were dead. On Saturday, 01/17/81, Walters checked into a hotel. From this time, up until her death, Pope supplied Walters with drugs. Pope told Eckard that he would have to kill
Walters, and that he felt bad because he had started to like Walters. On Sunday, 01/18/81, Pope told Walters
that he would take her to see Doranz. Pope drove her to a canal. According to the medical examiner's testimony, Walters was shot six times with exploding ammunition. She was shot from the rear and shot twice with the gun pressed up to her abdomen. At some point, Walters had made an attempt to get away. The gunshot wounds
would have been extremely painful, but would not have caused a loss of consciousness. Pope then hit Walters
over the head with the gun barrel. This blow caused the barrel to break. Pope then dragged Walters to the
nearby canal and threw her in. She was still alive, but subsequently drowned. Parts of the rifle were found near
the canal.Eckard testified that Pope described the murder to her when he returned. He told her about the rifle breaking, and the next day the two went back to the scene to pick up all of the pieces.
The bodies of Al Doranz and Caesar Di Russo were found in Walters' apartment on 01/19/81. Doranz had been
shot three times and Di Russo had been shot five times. A 22-caliber shell casing was found under Di Russo's
body. Walters' body was found on 01/21/81, floating in the canal. Sometime in early January of 1981, Al Doranz
had purchased an AR-7 rifle for Thomas Pope.
Sentenced to Death 4/7/82.
Frank Miller drove to the Bare family's house on 10/06/87. Mr. Miller routinely picked up Angeli Bare, who was 12-years-old, and took her to school with his daughter. He arrived at the house and honked the horn twice. A man standing in the doorway of the house with his back to the street motioned for Mr. Miller to wait. Mr. Miller
assumed the man was Mr. Bare. The door to the house closed. At approximately 8:55 a.m., Angeli approached
the car. She stood approximately three feet from the car on the passenger side, which was the side of the car closest to the house. Angeli appeared nervous and stated that there was a man in the house who wanted to
rob her. Mr. Miller tried to persuade Angeli to get into the car, but Angeli stated that the man said that he would
kill all three of them. Mr. Miller told Angeli that he would get help. Mr. Miller drove four blocks to his house, where
he called both 911 and the Bares at work. Mr. Miller then drove back to the Bare's house, only this time he
parked his car four to five houses away. Deputy Richard Welty was dispatched to the Bare home. Mr. Miller
flagged him down and related what he had seen. Mr. Miller described a white man with reddish hair. The Bares
had arrived at the scene and Mrs. Bare told Deputy Welty that Angeli's biological father had red hair, but he lived
in California. Deputy Welty searched the Bare's home and found no one. He began to search the field behind the house. He had his service revolver in one hand and his radio in the other. When his footing became unstable,
Deputy Welty holstered his service revolver. He then noticed a white male with sandy blond hair casually walking through the field. The man was heading toward a construction site that was near the field and was holding a sandwich in his right hand. Deputy Welty requested a better description of the man Mr. Miller had seen via his
radio. He looked down to attain better footing and, when he looked up, the man who had been walking through
the field was pointing a gun at him. Deputy Welty later identified the man as Robert Power. Power requested
that Deputy Welty hand over his service revolver. He then asked Deputy Welty to put his hands in the air, and Power proceeded to get the gun himself. Power then asked Deputy Welty, "How many others are there?" Deputy Welty responded that there were six other deputies on the scene. Power then took Deputy Welty's radio and told him to run toward the construction site. Power told Deputy Welty "if you turn around I will kill you." Deputy Welty ran about 30 feet, stopped and looked back. He saw Power running toward the freeway. Deputy Welty informed
the deputies at the house that Power had his radio and service revolver. Power was not apprehended. Angeli's
body was found in the field in the general vicinity that Power had fled. She was lying on her side and was hogtied by the wrists and the ankles. She was nude from the waist down. The autopsy revealed a blackened left eye and
a superficial contusion on the neck. There were injuries to the vaginal and anal area due to the insertion of an oversized foreign object. There was no semen found on the victim's underwear, and no sperm were found on the body. The approximate time of death was within 30 minutes of 9:15 a.m. Angeli's death was due to shock because of the severance of the right carotid artery. The bloodstains on the victim's underwear matched the victim's blood type. There were no signs of a struggle at the Bare home. Angeli's bank had been pried open with a screwdriver that was found in the sink. Deputy Welty's gun was recovered. The prints on Deputy Welty's revolver did not
match Power's fingerprints. There were no prints found on the victim's body. Hairs found on the bed sheets from
the victim's bed and on the victim's pubic area were the same as Power's pubic hairs. There were also a number
of hairs found on the bed sheets from an unknown origin that remained unidentified at the trial. Deputy Welty
was able to identify Power from a photograph. On 10/16/87, a search warrant was issued and the home in
which Power resided was searched. Power was found hiding in the attic and was arrested. The officer found a maroon duffle bag in the attic which contained a pistol, ammunition, a folding knife and documents with Power's name on them. A box in one of the bedrooms was found to contain various parts of mechanical items. One of the parts had a serial number that matched the serial number on Deputy Welty's radio. A couple of hooded
sweatshirts were seized from the residence. Hairs found on the sweatshirts matched the victim's head hair.
Sentenced to Death 11/8/90
The defendant, Robert Preston, robbed and killed Earline Walker in Seminole County in 1978.
On the afternoon of 01/09/78, the nude and mutilated body of Earline Walker was discovered in an open field in Seminole County by police. Multiple stab wounds and lacerations on the body were so severe that they resulted
in near decapitation. Walker had been employed as a clerk at a convenience store. An officer of the Altamonte Springs Police Department on routine patrol discovered her missing from the store at approximately 3:30 a.m. He also discovered that $574.41 was missing from the store. Preston was arrested the following day on an unrelated charge. While he was in custody, a deputy recovered a pubic hair from Preston's belt buckle. The day after the arrest, police searched the home of Preston's mother with her consent. The defendant also lived there. In his bedroom, they found a jacket belonging to Preston and several detached food stamp coupons. An analysis confirmed the coupons had been used at the convenience store to purchase items several days before the
murder. Blood samples from Walker and Preston were compared with blood stains found on Preston's jacket.
The stains were of the same blood type and enzyme group as those of the victim. Analysis revealed that the
hair recovered from Preston's belt and another discovered on his jacket could have originated from the victim.
In 1980, Preston was sentenced to six years imprisonment after being convicted of throwing a deadly missile
into an occupied vehicle. The offense occurred on 01/05/78, four days prior to the murder. In 1989, Preston obtained an order on motion for postconviction relief, which vacated the conviction. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the order in 1990. The defendant was acquitted on one count of felony murder committed during the course of a sexual battery, and one count of sexual battery. Sentence was withheld on counts II and III of
Sentenced to Death 5/8/81.
Carl Puiatti and Robert Dewey Glock abducted the victim, Sharilyn Ritchie, then robbed and shot her to death.
On 08/16/83, Ritchie was confronted by Puiatti and Glock as she exited her car in the parking lot of a Bradenton shopping mall. The pair forced Ritchie back into her car, then drove away with her. They took $50 from her purse and coerced her into cashing a $100 check at her bank. They then took Ritchie to an orange grove outside Dade City where they took the victim's wedding ring and abandoned her at the roadside. After traveling a short
distance, the pair decided to kill the woman and they returned in the car to her. Puiatti shot her twice. They
then drove away, but when they saw she was still standing, they drove back and Glock shot her. When the
woman did not fall, the pair made a third pass with the car and Glock shot her again. Four days later, a New
Jersey state trooper stopped the victim's vehicle and found two handguns inside. He arrested Puiatti and Glock
on a weapons violation. Police later identified the handgun inside the car's glovebox as the murder weapon.
The next day, Puiatti and Glock individually confessed to kidnapping, robbery and killing the victim. The initial confessions varied, but on 08/24/83, both men gave a joint statement in which they agreed that Glock initially suggested shooting the victim and that Puiatti fired the first shots and Glock fired the final shots.
Sentenced to Death 5/4/84.
Robert Dewey Glock, II (DC# 093836)
For his role in the murder, Glock was jointly tried with Puiatti. He was represented by private counsel, Robert J. Trogolo. On 05/04/84, Glock received the death sentence for the murder and two life sentences for the armed robbery and kidnapping convictions (CC# 83-1383). Glock was executed on January 2001.
On 12/30/79, the body of an 82-year-old female was found lying on the floor of her bedroom. The
detective who found the body, Detective Larry Lewis, surveyed bruises on the victim's forearm and under her ear, a small abrasion on the pelvic area, and dried blood under the victim's nose.
During the autopsy, it was discerned that the cause of death was strangulation. Two lacerations on the victim's head were found and attributed to a sharp edge, either from an instrument or the lip of furniture. The lacerations could have rendered the victim unconscious. It was determined that the sexual assault occurred prior to the victim's death, but it could not be determined if the victim was conscious at the
time of the assault. Several fingerprints were found around a window in the house. This window was determined to be the point of entry for the assailant. The fingerprints found around the window were compared to Kenneth Quince's and were found to be a match. Quince was arrested at his home, which
was two blocks away from the scene. After being questioned by police, Quince admitted to the following events. Quince claimed he had been in the house several years earlier when he had mowed the lawn for
the victim. He stated that he had burglarized the home believing that no one was home. While Quince was
in the house, Ms. Bowdoin opened the door of her bedroom. Both saw each other, and then Ms. Bowdoin proceeded to shut and lock her bedroom door. Quince then pushed his way through the door, which
knocked Ms. Bowdoin onto the floor. Ms. Bowdoin stood up and started screaming. Quince attempted to silence her by grabbing her by the throat and shaking her. He then pushed her to the floor. Quince then began looking for valuables again and found a tape player, a radio, and a ring. When Quince was leaving
the house, he stepped on Ms. Bowdoin's stomach. During this questioning, Quince denied any knowledge
of the sexual assault. During later questioning, when confronted with forensic evidence, Quince admitted
to the sexual assault, but refused to discuss the details. Later, when questioned by psychologists, Quince admitted that, when Ms. Bowdoin fell to the floor her nightgown ended up around her waist, which
revealed her legs and pelvic area. He claimed this sexually aroused him and resulted in his decision to rape Ms. Bowdoin. Sentenced to Death 10/21/80.
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