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Man who killed four, some from Tampa Bay area, dies in prison

STARKE — A man who killed four people, three from the Tampa Bay area, in a 1988 multi-state crime rampage died on Florida's death row last week, authorities said Tuesday.

Tommy Wyatt, 49, died Friday, according to the state Department of Corrections, which did not disclose a cause of death.

Wyatt was convicted in 1991 of a series of killings he committed while criss-crossing the state after he and another man escaped from a North Carolina prison road crew in May 1988.

On May 17, 1988, Wyatt killed three people at a Domino's Pizza store in Vero Beach — Billy Edwards, 27, the store's manager; his wife Frances, 29, a delivery driver; and Matthew Bornoosh, 31, also a driver.

Billy and Frances Edwards had recently moved from Tampa to Vero Beach. Wyatt raped Frances Edwards before killing her, and taunted Bornoosh before shooting him in the head.

"If you listen real close, you'll hear it coming," Wyatt told the man as he held a gun to his ear, according to the prosecutor.

On May 20, the body of Cathy Nydegger, 26, of Seffner, was found beside a road near Vero Beach. She was last seen May 19 in Seffner. Wyatt met her at a bar and later shot her in the head.

Wyatt was caught in July 1988 in South Carolina. His accomplice in the killings — Michael Lovette, 54 — is serving 10 life sentences.

Times staff writer Will Hobson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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