– Robert Hendrix and Elmer Scott (his cousin) were involved in a residential burglary where Scott was then apprehended by authorities.
– Scott entered into a plea deal with the authorities that says while he was guilty of the crime, he pled guilty to burglary, he had to serve two years, and testify against Hendrix.
– Hendrix was then arrested and charged with armed burglary. There was a plea offered to Hendrix; 4 years prison and 5 years probation.
– Prior to the scheduled court date, Hendrix told friends that he wanted to kill Scott to keep him from testifying against him because he didn’t want to take the offered plea. Hendrix also mentioned to his girlfriend, Denise Turbyville, various plans to carry out his intention.
– Hendrix then found a throw away gun that wasn’t traceable back to him and constructed a silencer for it. He took a mask, hat and gloves with him to Scotts home. Denise Turbeyville was the driver. She heard several shots fired and Hendrix returned to the car.
– Hendrix told Denise that he shot Scott in the head used a knife to kill his wife Michelle by slitting her throat. Hendrix further slashed Scott’s throat with the knife as well.
– The police arrested Hendrix and was subsequently tried for his crimes.
May 17, 2008, police responded to an “accidental shooting” in Fort Meyers Florida. Upon arriving, police found Amy Boscarino on the floor suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. After an unsuccessful CPR attempt and EMS arrival, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
After further investigation, deputies found that it wasn’t actually an accident. Schack’s claim was that he adjusted the scope on his rifle when the gun went off accidentally as it fell from a dresser. Witnesses and friends state that their relationship had problems and it became clear that this was more than an accident and a resulting warrant was issued for Mark Schack.
He is charged with second-degree murder, which carries a minimum 25 years in prison and a maximum of life.
After deliberating for just an hour, jurors came back with a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder. Sentencing was held Feb 1, 2010 where he was sentenced to life in prison
Jennifer Carty is charged with DUI manslaughter in the death of her friend Ravin Billington. Just a little while after midnight on 9-27-07 there was a roll-over accident that left one dead and another injured. The police claim that Jennifer Carty was driving when she lost control of her car and crashed into a ditch. Investigators claim that both women were intoxicated at the time of the incident and further say that Carty was driving the car. The defense states that they can’t prove that Carty was the driver of the vehicle. As aforementioned, Carty is charged with DUI manslaughter and if convicted, she faces up to 15 years in prison.
After an hour and 15 minutes of deliberation, Jennifer Carty was found not guilty of DUI manslaughter.
Tyrone Hartsfield was charged with attempted first-degree murder of Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier. Collier was in a car with a teammate when they were ambushed last year. As a result of the 6 bullets, Collier is now paralyzed from the waist down and part of his left leg was also amputated. Hartsfield claimed that Collier roughed him up at a nightclub in the past and his defense was that the prosecution basically had the wrong guy. The defense said that “Collier had many enemies and insist police did not conduct a meaningful investigation” (In Session Blog). The prosecution on the other hand state that Hartsfield was out for revenge. The fact that he was a convicted felon didn’t help his case.
Verdict: A jury found that Hartsfield was guilty of attempted first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
On Thursday Damon Darling was convicted of the lesser charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault. He could face up to 30 years and he will be sentenced for that on November 10th. The manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years and the aggravated assault carries up to 20 years.
Don’t forget about the third charge! Darling had a third charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. This part was severed from his trial because the jury would then find out that he was a felon previous to this. If convicted of that it carries an additional 5 years. (Side note: he was originally on probation because he was charged with posession and intent to sell marijuana.
The new trial from last week is Florida vs. Damon Darling who is accused of shooting 9 year old Sherdavia Jenkins. She was hit by a stay bullet during a shootout on her street. Darling says that it wasn’t him or the other man accused but it was a third unknown man who also had an AK47 who’s bullet hit the young girl. Darling says that he acted in self defense and that Larose (the other accused who plead guilty to second degree murder and received 7 years) came at him first and he just “stood his ground”. This happened in the “pork and beans” district in Miami Florida. Any insights?