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Jury convicts man of first-degree murder in stabbing death of Clearwater woman

LARGO — It took a Pinellas County jury less than two hours Friday to decide that Thomas Hampton Frederick was guilty of first-degree murder in the July 2012 stabbing death of a Clearwater woman he met at a strip club.

For the family of Adrianne Robert, a 29-year-old graphic artist, the four-day trial ended in justice.

Robert's mother, Lori, held a picture of her and her daughter close as Judge Thane Covert sentenced Frederick, 25, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"He's going to be incarcerated or in a cell or behind bars like the monster that he is," said Robert's father, Mark.

Prosecutor Noelle Festa said Frederick, who had been at the Diamond Dolls strip club for eight hours, watched Robert get drunk. After walking her home and having sex with her, he stabbed her and left her to die in the bathroom of her Clearwater townhouse, Festa said.

Public defender Lori Mahin argued that Frederick stabbed Robert in self defense after the two had sex and she attacked him. Robert was taller and outweighed him, Mahin said.

She said Frederick was cooperative with detectives and distraught after the murder.

"He was young. He was immature," she said. "But just because somebody is young and immature and scared and defensive, it doesn't mean that he therefore committed the murder."

The prosecutor countered that there was no way Robert could have been a threat, as she had been throwing up in the bathroom.

As authorities led Frederick out of the courtroom, he waved to his family and said, "I love you."

His mother and other family members shouted back: "We love you, too, baby, don't worry about it."

Jury convicts man of first-degree murder in stabbing death of Clearwater woman 01/31/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 8:56pm]
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