Two indicted in '98 homeless slayings in Tampa

TAMPA — Federal authorities have charged two more members of a hate group with the 1998 beating deaths of two homeless men in Tampa, according to a grand jury indictment unsealed Tuesday.

James Robertson, 28, and Corey Hulse, 24, formerly of Tampa, have each been charged with two counts of a violent crime in aid of racketeering to commit murder. If convicted, they face life in prison.

Robertson has been detained on the charges, and Hulse remains a fugitive, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors described Robertson and Hulse as members of the white racist organization Tampa Blood and Honour, a skinhead group "whose members espoused the belief that white persons of Aryan descent were the superior race."

Robertson and Hulse are accused of helping at least two other men murder Alfred Williams and Richard Arseneau on Sept. 31, 1998. Kenneth Hoover, 35, and Charles Marovskis, 29, two other members of the group, have pleaded guilty in the slayings.

Authorities said the men beat Williams to death with a tire iron and used an ax to kill Arseneau in a wooded lot. Prosecutors said the killings took place as part of an initiation rite.

Two indicted in '98 homeless slayings in Tampa 06/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 12:15am]

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