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Execution-style Land O'Lakes case argued in Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE

Execution-style case argued in Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Friday in the case of Faunce Levon Pearce, the alleged mastermind of the 1999 execution-style shootings of two Land O'Lakes teenagers. Pearce's convictions for first-degree murder and attempted murder and his death sentence were overturned in 2006. That's when a Pasco circuit judge ruled that his attorneys erred at the 2001 trial when they failed to object to the introduction of certain evidence. The state appealed the judge's ruling, sending the Pearce case to Tallahassee. The gunman in that case, Lawrence Joey Smith, had his death sentence overturned in 2004. In April a judge overrode a jury's recommendation of death and sentenced Smith to life in prison for killing Robert Crawford, 17, and trying to kill Stephen Tuttle, then 16. It will be weeks before the Supreme Court rules in the Pearce case.

HOLIDAY

Deputies: Men stole scratch-offs

Pasco deputies are looking for two men who stole a box of scratch-off lottery tickets from a Sweetbay. Between 6 and 6:15 p.m. May 26, one of the men pried open the clear plastic box, which was glued to the counter, put it in a shopping bag and walked out. Clerks at the store, 3406 U.S. 19, didn't realize the box was missing until later that night, authorities said. Even if a ticket won, the men couldn't collect their winnings because stolen tickets are immediately reported to the Florida Lottery's security office and voided.

Correction

Jessica E. Redfern was 21 when she was killed while crossing U.S. 41 on May 5. Past reports in the St. Petersburg Times incorrectly listed her age.

Pasco deaths

Dibb, Anna Ruth Dolan

Geisler, Jacob Earl "Jake"

Haack, Florence E.

Knox, Dee Bette

Martin, Ruth

Massiello, Daniel J.

McNair, Agnes Marie

Podolsky, Marlyn May

Salzano, Angelina

Schwindt, Joyce E.

Taylor, Robert Bret

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Execution-style Land O'Lakes case argued in Supreme Court 06/13/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:46am]
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