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  1. #1
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    May 2005
    Florida's Treasure Coast

    FL - Elizabeth Uptagrafft, 56, abducted & murdered, Daytona Beach, 7 Jan 2007

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Daytona Beach mother was kidnapped and killed. Robbers targeted the 56-year-old woman at random and made a desperate decision to turn a robbery into murder.
    Elizabeth Uptagrafft was kidnapped from her Daytona Beach home early Sunday along Michigan Avenue at Seagrave Street. Police arrested 19-year-old Patricia Roosa and 20-year-old Cornelius Baker.

    Police said one of the suspects told investigators they came to the home because they saw a nice house and a nice car in the driveway. They knocked, but told investigators they would have broken in if no one had answered.

    MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A Melbourne woman played dead when two armed robbers broke in her home and started attacking her. The victim told Channel 9 she was attacked at her San Juan Village condo while she was getting ready for work.

    Investigators and the victim believe it was all a mistake, that the intruders picked the wrong condominium and Mary Henderson left her door unlocked at the wrong time.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2004
    This really upsets me. She was doing everything right in the privacy of her own home and these punks showed up. Ruined her life and everyone associated with her. Throwing the books at them is only part and parcel of what they deserve.

    Prayers for her family.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2006
    South Carolina
    You guys probably get as tired of hearing me say it, as I get of saying it.... DRUGS!!!!! They are going to destroy our society.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2010
    In the first case from above, in Daytona Beach -

    Woman gets life in fatal home invasion

    June 28, 2009|By Susan Jacobson, Sentinel Staff Writer

    A woman who, with her boyfriend, forced her way into a Daytona Beach grandmother's home, terrorized her family, beat and shot her and stole her car and ATM card was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

    Patricia Roosa, 21, was found guilty May 21 at a nonjury trial of first-degree murder, armed kidnapping, home-invasion armed robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit kidnapping or home-invasion robbery for the 2007 crime.

    Her boyfriend, Cornelius Baker, was sentenced to death March 4 in the slaying of 56-year-old Elizabeth Uptagrafft.


    On 3/14/2009, an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court on behalf of Cornelius Baker.

    Appeal Brief Submitted by the Defense:

    Appeal Rebuttal Sumitted by the Prosecution:

    I have not found the Supreme Court decision, if one has been rendered yet. Still checking on this.

    ETA: The Supreme Court has not issued an opinion as of today.
    Last edited by Belinda; 05-02-2010 at 02:55 PM.

  5. #5
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    Apr 2010
    On the 2nd case from above, I do not see any reports indicating that the persons responsible were ever identified or apprehended.

  6. #6
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    Aug 2015
    Prosecutors will again seek death against Bunnell man in deadly kidnapping
    Prosecutors will again seek the death penalty against a Bunnell man who kidnapped, robbed and shot to death a Daytona Beach woman.

    Cornelius O. Baker, 29, gunned down Elizabeth Uptagrafft on Jan. 7, 2007, after abducting her from her living room then driving her in her own car to Flagler County. A jury recommended death for Baker by 9-3 vote in 2009 and Circuit Judge Kim C. Hammond imposed the sentence.

    But the Florida Supreme Court in March vacated the sentence against Baker citing a ruling that jury recommendations for death must be unanimous.

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