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Trial date set for John Kalisz in Hernando County deaths of sister and co-worker

BROOKSVILLE — John Kalisz, already convicted of killing a sheriff's deputy in Dixie County, will face trial Nov. 7 on charges that he murdered two Hernando County women and attempted to murder two others.

Prosecutors say that on Jan. 14, 2010, Kalisz, 56, killed his sister, Kathryn Donovan, and her office manager, Deborah Tillotson, in Donovan's home on Wilhelm Road, west of Brooksville. He's also accused of shooting his niece, Manessa Donovan, and Amy Wilson, an employee at Donovan's home-based business.

Kalisz then fled north in his van on U.S. 19 to Cross City. When Dixie County deputies confronted Kalisz at a BP gas station, he fired a shot out of his driver's-side window and hit Capt. Chad Reed. Kalisz was shot at least six times, according to reports.

The suspect was interviewed by investigators in his hospital bed 13 days after the shootings. He told them that hatred toward his family and the judicial system fueled his shooting rampage, records show.

"It didn't matter, whoever was alive there did not need to be alive there," Kalisz told investigators. "So I kept going until I felt there was nobody else alive there, and then I got in my car and left."

Trial date set for John Kalisz in Hernando County deaths of sister and co-worker 07/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 7:43pm]
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