Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Second murder trial set for neo-Nazi

NEW PORT RICHEY — Neo-Nazi John Ditullio's retrial will begin on March 22, a judge decided Monday.

Circuit Judge Michael Andrews' decision came after Ditullio arrived in court shackled and wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, his much-publicized facial tattoos visible again.

The 23-year-old is accused of stabbing two people in 2006, killing one. He was a member of the American Nazis then, living in a compound on Teak Street surrounded by guarded fences and adorned with swastikas and rebel flags. The neighbor next door, Patricia Wells, had a black friend who sometimes visited and an openly gay son, which sparked the ire of the white supremacists.

Early on March 23, 2006, authorities allege, Ditullio broke into Wells' home wearing a gas mask and attacked her with a knife. When she ran into a back bedroom, he slashed her in the face and hands, then went after 17-year-old Kristofer King, a friend of Wells' son, who was using a computer. King, who was also gay, died of multiple stab wounds to his head.

During Ditullio's trial last week, Wells, 48, testified that her attacker wore a white T-shirt and khaki pants. Several witnesses said Ditullio had been wearing a red T-shirt and black pants that night, and he was pictured in those clothes the next day when authorities took him into custody.

Ditullio took the stand, calmly maintaining his innocence. He has a swastika and the words "f--- you" tattooed on his neck, and a barbed wire tattoo along his face. But Andrews allowed a makeup artist to come in each morning and cover them up, so the jury wouldn't be offended by Ditullio's appearance and let that overshadow the evidence.

The issue created a minor frenzy because public funds were used to pay the makeup artist. Ditullio is indigent.

"The sooner we try this case, the better," Andrews said.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Second murder trial set for neo-Nazi 12/14/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2009 6:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Was it a crime? 10 patients at nursing home died after Irma

    News

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A 10th elderly patient has died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

    The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, 1200 N. 35th Ave. [EMILHY MICHOT | Miami Herald]
  2. Oh, Florida! Irma's gone, but she left behind plenty of lessons for us

    Columns

    I don't want to make light of the misery and death that Hurricane Irma inflicted on Florida this month. A lot of it was ugly, and some of it was downright criminal. We saw greed and pettiness on display, and it brought illness and death.

    Tampa Bay Times staff writer Craig Pittman.
  3. 'Toxic' times: How repeal of Florida's tax on services reverberates, 30 years later

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Hurricane Irma attacked Florida, the state faced a troubled fiscal future that the storm will only make worse.

    Robertson says the tax debate is now “toxic.”
  4. Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators.

  5. Editorial: Pinellas Construction Licensing Board should be abolished

    Editorials

    There are essentially two facts that need to be understood about the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board: It is a one-of-a-kind agency in Florida without any accountability to the state or the county. And to be kind, for years it was run haphazardly as an independent fiefdom, with missing financial records, …

    The only way to restore faith and sanity to the process is to abolish the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board and follow the lead of Hillsborough and other counties that utilize building departments and law enforcement to regulate contractors.