Fla. to seek death for 4 accused of killing couple

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  1. SuziQ

    SuziQ Well-Known Member

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    Prosecutors said Monday they will seek the death penalty for four of eight people charged in the killings of a Panhandle couple known for adopting children with autism, Down syndrome and other special needs.
    In a brief statement, State Attorney Bill Eddins said he had filed notices to seek death for the accused ring leader, 35-year-old Leonard Patrick Gonzalez Jr.; 28-year-old Donnie Ray Stallworth; 41-year-old Wayne Thomas Coldiron; and 19-year-old Frederick Lee Thornton Jr.

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    Two missing from the list are Sumner and Gonzalez Sr. I wonder why? Perhaps because they cooperated?
     
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    Possibly because Gonzalez, Sr. did cooperate. If memory serves me correctly, at the very beginning Eddins even asked for a reduction (at the time there was a bond on Gonzalez) when Gonzalez first came before the judge. Quite unusual request from a state's attorney to a judge. The judge went the opposite direction. Sumner, I'm not sure.
     

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