Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bithlo man guilty of beating 78-year-old man to death

I would investigate groups like No Peace For Predators (David Rowe), Predator Patrol (Judy Cornett), Stop FL Action Committee (Valerie "Valigator" Parkhurst), and Bee Aware/ Bzz Busted (Barbara Farris). I wouldn't doubt a connection between one or more of these Florida groups and these monsters.

Updated: 12:06 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 | Posted: 5:50 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2012
Bithlo man guilty of beating 78-year-old man to death

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A Bithlo man will spend the rest of his life in prison for beating to death a 78-year-old man he mistakenly thought was a sex offender
Robert Pascale, 22, had no reaction on Friday as the judge read the “guilty of first-degree murder’’ verdict in the 2010 slaying of Hugh Edwards. The sentence carries a mandatory life sentence.
Prosecutors said Pascale and Michael Garay, who had previously been convicted, beat Edwards to death with a baseball bat in May 2010 because they thought he was a sex offender.   
On Friday, paramedics had to be called to Orange County Courthouse after Ruth Pascale, the defendant’s mother, was overcome with emotion and collapsed on the courtroom floor. She did manage to walk out of the courthouse on her own.
Moments after the verdict, Robert Pascale said as he was being led away, "It's not over until God says it is. I'm still coming home."
Prosecutor William Jay emphasized during closing arguments that Pascale admitted several times, including in an interview aired on WFTV, that he beat Edwards with a baseball bat.
Pascale’s attorney, Roger Weeden, argued that his client was only guilty of aggravated assault and not premeditated murder. Weeden said Pascale chose not to testify in his own defense because prosecutors could have then asked him about his prior felony convictions for robbery, battery and grand theft.
Garay is already serving a life sentence.

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