BROOKSVILLE — Trial dates have been set in two notorious murder cases with Hernando County ties: the shooting death of a sheriff's deputy in Dixie County and the slayings of two elderly people in Masaryktown.
John Kalisz, 55, will stand trial on Aug. 16 in Dixie County on a first-degree murder charge in the Jan. 14 slaying of sheriff's Capt. Chad Reed. Kalisz is accused of killing Reed outside a Cross City gas station shortly after deputies stopped him in connection with several Brooksville shootings earlier that day.
Killed in the first shooting were Kathryn Donovan, 61, and co-worker Deborah Tillotson, 59. Kalisz also is accused of critically wounding his niece, Manessa Donovan, 18, and Amy Wilson, 33, an employee at Kathryn Donovan's home business, in the initial shooting rampage.
In the second case, Robert Jardin, 33, of Brooksville, will stand trial Aug. 23 on two counts of first-degree murder in the October 2006 stabbing deaths of Patrick and Evelyn DePalma. Defense attorneys on Thursday lost arguments against the prosecutor's intention to seek the death penalty in the case.