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Two men indicted in killing of dad over pills in Hernando County

BROOKSVILLE — A grand jury has indicted a Hernando County man on a murder charge after he allegedly blasted his father several times with a shotgun in order to get 22 pills and a wad of cash.

Stephen Horne, 19, and his alleged accomplice, Angel Gonzalez, 26, were indicted Wednesday in the fatal shooting May 3 of Horne's 47-year-old father, said Assistant State Attorney Pete Magrino.

The indictment charges Horne and Gonzalez, of Holiday, with one count each of first-degree murder in the death of Ivan Horne at a vacant house in a remote section of Ridge Manor in eastern Hernando County.

The grand jury also charged both men with armed robbery. Horne received an additional charge of possession of a short-barrelled shotgun.

Magrino, the chief homicide prosecutor in Hernando County, said he had not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty in both cases.

"I have a lot of things to take into account prior to making that decision," Magrino said. "It isn't off the table, nor is it on the table right now."

According to a sheriff's office report, after their May 5 arrests Horne told detectives that he had called his father on May 3 about 10:30 p.m. and arranged to meet him in Tampa.

Horne and Gonzalez picked up Ivan Horne then drove him to a vacant house on Otter Drive, on a lime rock road not far from Stephen Horne's home at 35029 Broken Stone St. Horne told his father that Gonzalez lived there.

Once there, as the three men walked toward the back of the house, Horne pulled out the sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun and pumped a round into his father's back.

As his father lay dying, the arrest report states, Horne shot him three more times in the torso.

After stripping off the dead man's shorts, Horne told detectives, he and Gonzalez drove to Stephen Horne's home and took 22 oxycodone pills and about $640 from the dead man's pockets

Horne then buried his father's clothing and the shotgun in his back yard, according to reports.

Horne's grandmother could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120. You can follow Joel on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jandersontimes.

Two men indicted in killing of dad over pills in Hernando County 05/26/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:59pm]
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