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Ice cream man pleads not guilty in Thanksgiving Day killings

TAMPA — The ice cream man accused of killing two people in a mistaken act of vengeance on Thanksgiving pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Authorities say Michael Edward Keetley, 40, was impersonating a sheriff's deputy Nov. 25 when he lined up seven people at a house in Ruskin and shot six of them. Brothers Juan Guitron, 28, and Sergio Guitron, 22, died.

Keetley pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

After limping into Judge Manuel Lopez's courtroom, Keetley's appearance in court was waived. His attorney, Ariel O. Garcia, requested that an independent doctor examine and treat Keetley. Garcia would not say why Keetley needs a doctor.

Lopez set a Feb. 3 hearing on a motion for medical treatment.

On Thanksgiving, Keetley showed up about 2 a.m. at 605 Ocean Mist Court looking for someone he called "Creeper," according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. He thought this person was involved in an armed robbery the previous January that left Keetley with limited use of his hands.

When no one was arrested, Keetley instigated his own investigation, deputies said. But he was at the wrong house when he fired the shots.

During the January robbery, Keetley was shot in the chest, and a bullet went through his left arm. Another bullet tore through his knuckles and right wrist.

Ice cream man pleads not guilty in Thanksgiving Day killings 01/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 10:08pm]
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