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Porn actor pleads guilty in murder of New Port Richey tattoo parlor owner

NEW PORT RICHEY — Jason Andrews, the pornographic actor accused of killing tattoo parlor owner Dennis "Scooter" Abrahamsen in 2010, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder. Andrews, 28, agreed to spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"Now is this in lieu of the state seeking the death penalty?" asked Circuit Judge Michael Andrews.

"It is," the defense attorney responded.

Jason Andrews' lawyer approached prosecutors with the deal, said Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis.

"(Andrews) actually said, 'I didn't know Mr. Abrahamsen. I killed Mr. Abrahamsen. It was a terrible thing I did. I will never be able to live with myself,'" Halkitis said.

Loved ones of Abrahamsen were present for the hearing. Jason Andrews apologized to them.

"You should rot in hell," a relative told Andrews, according to Halkitis. "You shouldn't breathe the same air we breathe."

Abrahamsen was found dead in May 2010 on a massage table in his house in New Port Richey. The 41-year-old biker and tattoo parlor owner had been stabbed and bludgeoned after hosting a sex party at his house the night before, authorities said.

Detectives say his killers were Amanda Logue, a then-28-year-old porn actress hired as a prostitute for the party, and her boyfriend Andrews, a DJ and adult film actor. Authorities said that while Logue was inside "servicing" Abrahamsen, Andrews waited outside, waiting for word to strike. The couple exchanged a flurry of text messages leading up to the attack:

"I'm so glad you're really commited to this take. Keep eyes for a knife, etc for me!" Andrews wrote to Logue, records show.

Logue wrote that she wanted to have sex with Andrews "after we kill" Abrahamsen.

"Just get him on his face either bash or tell me to get in and where to go," Andrews wrote.

Authorities say the couple stole $6,000 in cash from Abrahamsen's house, along with cameras and a laptop. They were arrested a few days later on charges of stealing $67.97 worth of clothes from Beall's in Largo. Detectives then questioned them about the murder, but both were released on bail. By the time Logue was arrested on the murder charge May 27, 2010, Andrews had vanished.

Two months later, U.S. Marshals tracked Andrews to Chattanooga, Tenn., where his brother and a friend had just helped him line up a job at an upscale cigar lounge.

Andrews, who applied using his real name and Social Security number, had impressed the managers through three rigorous interviews.

Logue, now 30, is slated to go on trial May 21 for first-degree murder. She is being held without bail in the Pasco jail.

Halkitis said Andrews' plea deal was accepted by his office without discussion of Andrews testifying against Logue.

"There was no understanding or agreements to do anything," he said.

Information from Bay News 9 was used in this report. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6229.

Porn actor pleads guilty in murder of New Port Richey tattoo parlor owner 01/25/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 8:40pm]
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