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    Accused Neo-Nazi killer takes the stand

    Soon after John Ditullio took the stand he was asked if he was the man behind the attack of Kristofer King and Patricia Wells.

    Ditullio insisted he's an innocent man.

    What followed was nearly five hours of testimony about his early family life, his recruitment by the American Nazis, and the night Wells and King were attacked.

    Ditullio is accused of killing King and stabbing Wells in the head in March of 2006.

    Prosecutors say he attacked the two because Wells had a black friend and King was gay. They claim he did not like either because of his Nazi beliefs.

    Ditullio didn't shy from those beliefs and talked about why he joined the group.

    "I was blown away, man. I get to this place and it's like a 19-year-old’s dream. Everybody's drinking there’s guns everywhere. I was blown away by the theatrics," said Ditullio.

    He said the night of the attack he was drugged by the men who he lived with in the Nazi compound.

    He says another man, Sean Plott, is the murderer and that he confronted him outside moments after he believes the attacks took place.

    "He had the look on his face like when an animal sees a human for the first time," said Ditullio.

    Prosecutors insist Ditullio was behind the murders, they say he hated Wells and claim he even confessed to killing King to a cell mate.

    Ditullio denied both of those claims today.

    This is the second time Ditullio has taken the stand. In 2009 he testified in his own defense and that trial ended in a hung jury.

    Monday there was more jury drama. A juror was dismissed because he received a letter about and started researching the case over the weekend. There’s no word on where the letter came from or what was in it.

    Ditullio appears relaxed on the stand and maintains his innocence. If convicted he could spend the rest of his life in prison or face the death penalty.

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/new...e-stand-121310

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    Jail informant says neo-Nazi confessed to 2006 stabbings

    A man who lived for years in the same jail pods with neo-Nazi John Ditullio says Ditullio told him he was guilty of stabbing a woman and a teenager in 2006, and that his only hope was a life sentence over the death penalty.

    Kraig Constantino, a felon with a long history of arrests, said during Ditullio's trial Tuesday that he felt compelled to come forward with what he knew after witnessing something disturbing in jail this year: Ditullio reaching through his cell bars and cutting another young man with a razor blade.

    "It showed me that he had a proclivity for stabbing young boys," Constantino, 41, said.

    Ditullio, now 24, was living with an American Nazi group near Hudson in 2006 as a prospect vying for full membership. They adhered to white supremacist beliefs and hated the neighbors next door. Patricia Wells had an African-American friend who visited her, and her son was gay.

    After weeks of harassing Wells and her family, shouting slurs and threats, authorities say, Ditullio covered his face with a gas mask, broke into Wells' home and stabbed her. Kristofer King, a 17-year-old friend of her son, was in the house and was stabbed to death. Wells recovered. Her son was not at home.

    Ditullio went to trial last year, but the jury deadlocked, leaning 10-2 for acquittal. He again faces a possible death sentence if convicted of murder and attempted murder.

    Constantino said he and Ditullio became friendly in jail when Ditullio first asked Constantino about body building.

    "He asked me if I would teach him how to put on muscle," Constantino said. "He just wanted to be muscular, and later he told me he needed to add size to his frame because the suspect in this case… he wanted to outwit the description. He wanted to add 30 or 40 pounds."

    Ditullio's attorneys have blamed the stabbings on another former neo-Nazi, Shawn Plott. Plott, who is a fugitive, has a smaller frame and is several inches shorter than Ditullio, which fits the description Wells gave investigators of her attacker.

    Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis asked if Ditullio offered any specifics about the stabbings.

    "At first he pretty much just said that he was guilty. They had him dead to rights," Constantino said. "He was just fighting for his life."

    How had he stabbed Wells, Halkitis asked.

    "He said he stabbed her in the face and arms," Constantino said.

    And King?

    "He told me that he stabbed him in the head," Constantino said. "He said that he was amazed how easy it was for a knife to penetrate a human skull."

    He also said Ditullio had crime scene photographs "proudly displayed" in his jail cell.

    Constantino currently faces his own charges of aggravated battery. After he came forward in September with Ditullio's alleged confession, prosecutors agreed to let him be released from jail on his own recognizance. He had been held on a $50,013 bond.

    "That was a surprise. I had no idea," Constantino said under cross-examination by Ditullio's attorney, Bjorn Brunvand.

    In turn for the weight-lifting advice, Constantino said Ditullio gave him legal advice.

    But Constantino has often represented himself in court, going back to 1996, writing long legal pleadings in his cases and accusing court officials of misconduct.

    Brunvand also got Constantino to reveal that he has, on numerous occasions, given a false name and birth date to law enforcement officers.

    Constantino several times came dangerously close to telling jurors about Ditullio's mistrial last year, which could be potentially damaging to this trial. He sat with a smirk on his face and frequently argued with Brunvand, prompting Circuit Judge Michael Andrews to remove the jury from the room again and again.

    Both sides are nearly finished presenting their cases, and the jury could begin deliberating later today.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/...bbings/1139943

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    Jurors begin deliberating in Neo-Nazi murder case

    Jurors hearing the murder case of John Ditullio now know all about his white supremacist beliefs, his racist writings and his outlaw lifestyle while living with a group of American Nazis.

    The only thing left is to determine his guilt or innocence.

    Did he put on a gas mask on March 23, 2006, go to the next-door neighbor's house and stab two people? Or is he being framed by the neo-Nazis he thought were his brothers?

    Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis, in his closing argument Tuesday, said that for Ditullio, 24, to not be guilty, jurors would have to believe an incredible series of coincidences.

    That when Ditullio composed numerous letters about shooting police, taking responsibility for his actions and even hiding a knife, he wasn't talking about this case.

    That when a knife was found in a location Ditullio had described, it wasn't the murder weapon.

    That the victim's blood found on his boot was a result of contamination by a DNA analyst.

    "It's just one coincidence after another after another," Halkitis said.

    Ditullio's attorney, on the other hand, said the evidence in the case was peppered with "snapshots of innocence" that give rise to reasonable doubt.

    The lack of Ditullio's DNA in the victim's house. The tainted blood evidence. The victim's description of her attacker — blond and 5 feet 8 vs. the brown-haired, 6-foot-tall Ditullio.

    "The description doesn't match. Never will, never did," Bjorn Brunvand said.

    Ditullio was vying for full membership in the American Nazi group on Teak Street near Hudson in 2006. They hated next-door neighbor Patricia Wells, who had an African-American friend who visited her and a gay son.

    After weeks of harassing Wells and her family, shouting slurs and threats, authorities say, Ditullio put on a gas mask, broke into Wells' home and stabbed her. Kristofer King, a 17-year-old friend of her son, was in the house and was stabbed to death. Wells recovered. Her son was not at home.

    Ditullio went on trial last year, but the jury deadlocked, leaning 10-2 for acquittal. He could be given a death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

    Jurors are set to begin deliberating this morning.

    One of the last witnesses called to testify against him was a man who lived for years in the same jail pods with Ditullio.

    Kraig Constantino said that while incarcerated, Ditullio told him he committed the murder and that his only hope was a life sentence over the death penalty.

    Constantino, a felon with a long history of arrests, said he felt compelled to come forward with what he knew after witnessing something disturbing in jail this year: Ditullio reaching through his cell bars and cutting another young man with a razor blade.

    "It showed me that he had a proclivity for stabbing young boys," said Constantino, 41, although he acknowledged he never reported the attack. Ditullio was never charged with that alleged incident.

    Halkitis asked if Ditullio offered any specifics about the Teak Street stabbings.

    "At first he pretty much just said that he was guilty. They had him dead to rights," Constantino said. "He was just fighting for his life."

    He said Ditullio later described the stabbings in more detail, and even had the crime scene photographs "proudly displayed" in his jail cell.

    Constantino currently faces his own charges of aggravated battery. After he came forward in September with Ditullio's alleged confession, prosecutors agreed to let him be released from jail on his own recognizance. He had been held on $50,013 bail.

    Before jurors left for the night, Halkitis and Brunvand both made a final remark about the thing that makes Ditullio, who has a swastika tattooed on his neck, so different from most defendants: his beliefs.

    Said Halkitis: "I don't want you to convict the defendant because of his beliefs. I want you to convict the defendant because his beliefs give (him) the motivation of why he would do in Kris King and why he would attempt to do in Patricia Wells."

    Said Brunvand: "If there is a reasonable doubt, despite the fact that you may dislike my client for the letters that he wrote … that does not make him a murderer."

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/...r-case/1139943

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    Guilty verdict in Pasco neo-Nazi's murder trial

    Neo-Nazi John Ditullio Jr. is guilty of murder and attempted murder in a double stabbing almost five years ago, a Pasco County jury found tonight.

    Ditullio, 24, could face the death penalty. The penalty phase will begin Thursday.

    The jury of six men and six women deliberated for about 11 hours, including about two hours of listening to the testimony of two DNA experts being read back to them.

    Ditullio's first trial ended in a hung jury, with jurors leaning 10-2 toward acquittal after almost 10 hours of deliberations.

    Ditullio was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing of Kristofer King and attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of Patricia Wells. Jurors found him guilty as charged in King's death and guilty of attempted second-degree murder in the attack on Wells.

    King's mother broke into tears as the verdict was read about 7:25 p.m.

    Wells also cried.

    Ditullio showed no emotion.

    Ditullio was a prospective member of a white supremacist group that congregated in a trailer in Griffin Park. Wells lived next door to the compound.

    A man wearing a gas mask barged into Wells' mobile home on March 23, 2006. He slashed Wells with a knife before killing King, 17, who was a friend of Wells' son.

    Prosecutors contend Wells was attacked because she associated with a black man and that King was a target because he was gay.

    In his closing arguments, Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis focused on incriminating letters, telling jurors they could find Ditullio guilty on the strength of his writings alone.

    Defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand pointed to Wells' inconsistent testimony and the contamination of DNA evidence that appeared to point to Ditullio as the perpetrator.

    Brunvand said his client was made a scapegoat by other members of the American Nazis.

    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/dec...news-breaking/

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    Sentencing today for neo-Nazi found guilty of killing gay teen


    New Port Richey, Florida -- Sentencing is expected to begin at 8 a.m. Thursday for the neo-Nazi found guilty of killing a gay man and stabbing a woman in New Port Richey.

    John Ditullio, 24, could face the death penalty.


    Late Wednesday night, Ditullio was found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted murder.


    Prosecutors say he broke into a mobile home in 2006 and fatally stabbed Kristofer King, 17, because he was gay, and injured Patricia Wells because she was friends with a black man.


    'I'm in favor of the death penalty,' Wells told 10 News Wednesday night.


    Leaving the courthouse after the verdict, King's mother told 10 News, "It was a long time coming."


    Ditullio has a large swastika, barbed wire and a vulgarity tattooed on his face and neck. The judge ruled the tattoos could sway a jury's opinion and ordered them covered.


    The state paid a cosmetologist up to $150 a day during Ditullio's trial to cover the tattoos.


    Regardless of the sentencing, Ditullio's attorneys vowed to appeal the guilty verdict.

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    With tattoos exposed, neo-Nazi John Ditullio to testify before sentencing

    The penalty phase is set to begin this morning for neo-Nazi John Ditullio, who was convicted last night in a murderous rampage in 2006.

    Unlike during every other day of the trial, Ditullio's tattoos are visible. He has the words "f--- you" and a swastika on his neck and a barbed wire running down the side of his face.

    Circuit Judge Michael Andrews agreed with Ditullio's lawyer to have a court-paid makeup artist cover them up each day so the jury would focus on the evidence and not on the tattoos.

    Ditullio told the judge today that the decision to leave them exposed was his.

    Ditullio, 24, faces either life in prison or the death penalty for killing Kristofer King, 17, and injuring Patricia Wells. Ditullio was living with a group of American Nazis who hated Wells for having an African-American friend and a gay son. King, who was also gay, was a friend of the son.

    On March 23, 2006, authorities said, Ditullio put on a gas mask and broke into Wells' house, attacking her with a knife. She escaped with injuries to her face and hands, but King died from stab wounds to his skull.

    The 12-member jury deliberated more than seven hours Wednesday before convicting him of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

    It was Ditullio's second trial. When he faced a jury last year, they deadlocked, leaning 10-2 toward acquittal.

    In arguing for the death penalty, prosecutors must prove certain aggravating factors to convince jurors the crime was more nefarious than most. Ditullio's lawyers can then present mitigating factors to make the case for a life sentence.

    But defense attorney Danny Hernandez says Ditullio does not want certain mitigators presented, against the attorney's advice.

    Ditullio does not want any testimony about his bad childhood, physical abuse by his father and abandonment by his mother.

    He does not want a mental health expert to say that he was unable to appreciate the criminality of his actions or that he was under extreme emotional duress at the time.

    "Did you agree with your lawyer that the mitigators that he thought would be useful ... that you did not wish to have those presented to the jury?" Andrews asked him.

    "That's correct," Ditullio said.

    "This is the decision that's being made of your own free will?" Andrews asked.

    "Right, after carefully evaluating all of it," Ditullio said.

    The jury will make a recommendation of either life in prison or the death penalty. It does not have to be unanimous. The final decision rests with Andrews, who by law must give the jury's recommendation "great weight."

    Ditullio, who is dressed in all black, plans to testify today.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/...encing/1140326

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    Jury: Life for neo-Nazi murderer

    A jury has recommended life in prison for self-proclaimed neo-Nazi John Ditullio. It took the panel less than a half hour to reach its decision.

    The judge will make the final decision on Ditullio's fate. He could still receive the death penalty.

    He was found guilty late Wednesday in the stabbing death of Kristofer King and the attempted murder of Patricia Wells.

    King was 17 years old and a friend of Wells' son. He was at her house on the evening of March 23, 2006. Wells lived next door to a home known to house Neo-Nazis. At some point in the night, Prosecutors say, Ditullio broke in, slashed Wells and repeatedly stabbed King.

    Wells survived the attack. Prosecutors say Ditullio targeted Wells' home because her son was openly gay.

    Last year, John Ditullio went on trial for the attacks. But the jury did not reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared.

    ABC Action News reporter Erik Waxler says Ditullio spoke to the jurors before they began their deliberations.

    http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/new...-nazi-murderer

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    http://www.dc.state.fl.us/ActiveInma...onID=887133414

    Judge appears to have followed up on jury's reccomendation.

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    Did anyone catch ID Networks I (Almost) Got Away With It last night? Ditullio was profiled. I followed this trial and I still can't believe that punk didn't receive the death penalty. The judge should have overrode the juries recommendation. He shows absolutely no remorse, and apparently is still head strong in his Nazi beliefs.

    The episode is titled GOT to be a Neo-Nazi and will air again Saturday June 16, at 10:00 am on ID Network.

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    Heidi, I'm going to try and catch the repeat.

    I agree. That Neo Nazi should fry!

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