‘Xbox Killer’ Takes Conviction Fight to Florida Supreme Court

An attorney for convicted Deltona, Florida mass murderer Troy Victorino will once again attempt to appeal his client's conviction during arguments this week before the Florida Supreme Court. In September 2006, Victorino and another killer were sentenced to death for the brutal 2004 slaying of six people and a dog using baseball bats and knives. The crime has been described as one of the most gruesome mass killings in the state's history.

Two other suspects were sentenced to life in prison, but Victorino was given four consecutive death sentences for his part in the crime, which prosecutors proved to a jury were substantial. Victorino has been referred to as the "Xbox killer," because the crime revolved around property he claimed was stolen from a house that he and others were squatting in – most notably an Xbox console. Twenty-five-year-old Jerone Hunter was also sentenced to death.

Victorino has unsuccessfully tried to get his conviction overturned before in the state's highest court. He was convicted on July 25, 2006 on six counts of first degree murder; one count of abuse of a dead human body; one count of armed burglary of a dwelling; one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, murder, armed burglary of a dwelling, and tampering with physical evidence; and one count of cruelty to an animal.

Source: The Republic, image via CF News 13

 

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