Friday, May 25, 2018
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Khalid Pasha found guilty; represented himself in murder trial

TAMPA — Self-representation did not pay off for Khalid Pasha, who chose to defend himself against two first-degree murder charges in a death penalty trial.

On Friday, it took a jury less than an hour to find him guilty.

They had seen the state's evidence, the blood of his 43-year-old wife, Robin Canady, and her 20-year-old daughter, Ranesha Singleton, on his face and clothes and a knife inside his van.

They had also heard his version, which placed him at the murder scene, discovering their bodies in a remote cul-de-sac at the Woodland Corporate Center on Waters Avenue, and then driving away with no plan to tell anyone.

The verdict did not appear to surprise Pasha, 69. He scanned the jury without emotion.

No one met his gaze.

The jury was the second to find him guilty of the Aug. 23, 2002, murders.

He stood trial in 2007 and was sentenced to death, but the Florida Supreme Court later reversed the convictions.

At issue was Pasha's desire to represent himself. He was denied the ability then, and the Supreme Court ruled it was his right.

This verdict came 35 minutes more quickly than the last.

Jurors will reassemble on Feb. 11 for the penalty phase of the trial, to hear an expected three days' worth of evidence and decide whether to recommend that Pasha be put to death.

Something will be different in Round II, Pasha has decided:

He will be represented by a death-qualified private attorney.

Alexandra Zayas can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3354.

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