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Second murder trial scheduled for Pasco neo-Nazi

NEW PORT RICHEY — John Ditullio, the American Nazi accused of stabbing two people in a hate-fueled attack in 2006, will be retried Sept. 27.

His first trial in December ended with a hung jury, which deadlocked 10-2 in favor of acquittal.

Prosecutors say Ditullio, 23, was living in a compound on Teak Street with fellow neo-Nazis when, one night, he put on a gas mask, broke into a neighbor's home, stabbed a woman and then attacked a teenager. Patricia Wells was slashed in the face and hands but recovered from her injuries. Kristofer King, who was 17, died.

A discrepancy over the clothing in the first trial may have fueled the jurors' doubts: Wells said her attacker wore khaki pants and a white shirt. Witnesses and photographs put Ditullio in red and black that night.

The second trial is expected to take up to two weeks. The state is seeking the death penalty.

Second murder trial scheduled for Pasco neo-Nazi 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 5:03pm]
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