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      Robert James Acremant - California Death Row

      Summary of Offense:

      Acremant pleaded guilty to murdering Roxanne Ellis, 53, and Michelle Abdill, 42. Acremant told police he killed the Medford women on December 4, 1995 in a botched attempt to rob their property management company. At the conclusion of the sentencing trial, a jury decided that Acremant should die by lethal injection for the murders. On October 27, 1997, Acremant also admitted killing Scott George, a 23-year-old Visalia man in October 1995.

      Acremant was sentenced to death in Tulare County on October 3, 2002.

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      Acremant's past drew admiration

      1980s friends recall man who worked hard

      By Dani Dodge

      While others partied during their military service, Robert James Acremant worked 12-hour days and studied every night, earning his bachelor's degree in two years.

      "I had a great deal of admiration for Bob," said Sidney Pierce, who served in the Air Force with Acremant for three years at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in the late 1980s. "The drive he had is just something you don't see."

      Acremant's friends during his military service and a registered nurse, a man in his third year of medical school and an FBI special agent all said they admired Acremant's ambition and work ethic. They said they expected great things from the exemplary young man.

      But Monday, they all testified in the sentencing phase of Acremant's double-murder trial.

      Acremant, 29, pleaded guilty last year to murdering Roxanne Ellis, 53, and Michelle Abdill, 42. Acremant told police he killed the Medford women Dec. 4, 1995, in a botched attempt to rob their property management company. At the conclusion of the sentencing trial, a jury will decide if Acremant will die by lethal injection for the murders.

      Acremant also admitted killing a Visalia, Calif., man in October 1995 and will face a trial in California that also could end up in a death sentence.

      As the defense began presenting its case Monday, attorneys attempted to show something of the man before he became a murderer.

      Pierce, a registered nurse, told the jury that Acremant worked and studied hard because he wanted to retire before he was 35. He didn't chase women. Once they were watching the movie "Scarface" and Acremant agreed with Al Pacino's character, who said:

      "When you get money, you get power. And when you get power, you get women."

      Instead of drinking with the other Air Force enlisted men, Acremant and a small group of friends would go hiking when they needed time away.

      When a picture of one of these trips was shown in the courtroom, Acremant smiled. The photo showed Acremant standing next to a rock formation, his backpack loaded down with a sleeping mat and sunglasses shading his eyes.

      When Acremant argued with others, instead of resorting to fisticuffs he would run to the library, Pierce said.

      "Bob wasn't physically violent, he was the intellectual type," Pierce said. "He would go to the library and find it in a book, and then show the person."

      Alan Savoy, a third-year medical student, said he remembered Acremant working extra hours to cover for those who didn't.

      "He had a great reputation for being a hard worker," Savoy said. "For being there. For being solid."

      Sergio Borrego, an FBI agent, was Acremant's roommate during the last few years the two were in the Air Force. Borrego was the only other person trying to work the long Air Force hours and go to school at Holloman Air Force base, Savoy said.

      Borrego said: "We both pushed each other to study."

      After he left the Air Force, Acremant earned his master's degree, then went to work for a Southern California branch of Roadway Express, a worldwide trucking company, in 1991.

      "Bob was an extremely motivated, focused individual," said Wally Blodgett, Acremant's superior for two years beginning in 1992. "He was one of the most competent, conscientious individuals I've ever worked with."

      After two years, Blodgett recommended Acremant's promotion to efficiency expert, a position in which Acremant tried to improve the efficiency of terminals in the district.

      District manager Ralph Santarelli became Acremant's boss. Santarelli said Acremant did a great job and was in no danger of being fired or laid off. He was steadily promoted. Acremant left his $50,000-a-year job in May 1995 to start a software company. The company failed.

      Santarelli said Roadway Express would have rehired Acremant if he had asked for his job back.
      No murder can be so cruel that there are not still useful imbeciles who do gloss over the murderer and apologize.

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      On March 18, 2015, Acremant filed his opening brief on direct appeal before the California Supreme Court.


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