Summary of Offense:
On the morning of August 6, 2004, Christopher Carroll arrived at 3106 Telford Lane in Deltona. He was there to pick up several co-workers who lived at that address. Upon entering the home, he found blood and several dead bodies. Carroll then called 911. Deputy Anthony Crane and other law enforcement officers arrived at the scene. They found the bodies of six victims: Erin Belanger, Jonathan Gleason, Francisco Roman, Roberto Gonzalez, Michelle Nathan, and Anthony Vega. They also found a deceased dog with a crushed skull. The dog was eventually identified as Belanger’s dachshund, George. Autopsies indicated that all of the victims died from blunt force trauma to the head, with some of the victims exhibiting post-mortem stab wounds. Robert Cannon, one of the codefendants, testified that on August 5, 2004, Michael Salas, Troy Victorino, Brandon Graham, and Jerone Hunter met at Victorino’s home. A few weeks prior to the murders, Victorino had been squatting in a house owned by Belanger’s grandmother. Victorino believed that Belanger had taken his Xbox and some of his other belongings from the house. Victorino said he wanted his belongings back. He also said that he wanted to use lead pipes to kill all of the individuals residing in the Telford home.
Cannon, Salas, Victorino, Graham, and Hunter agreed to commit the murders at 10:00 that night. Graham asked Cannon to drop him off at a friend’s house. Graham did not rejoin the group later that night and did not participate in the murders. Crime scene technicians took photographs of shoe impressions inside the house. The technicians also collected a knife handle, knife blade, and four metal bats from inside the house. One of the shoe impressions was consistent with a tennis shoe owned by Hunter. They also recovered a shoelace containing DNA from Hunter and the victim Gonzalez. Crime scene technicians also recovered evidence from Cannon’s vehicle. They found glass fragments that matched a broken lamp from the Telford home. Sunglasses containing Roman’s fingerprints were also recovered from the vehicle. Detective Lawrence Horzepa, of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, interviewed Hunter on August 7, 2004. Hunter confessed to his involvement in the murders. Hunter said that he hit Gleason and Gonzalez with a baseball bat repeatedly, although he was uncertain as to the exact number of blows. Horzepa also interviewed Salas. Salas confessed to his involvement in the murders, and said that Hunter killed Nathan by stabbing her in the chest. He also said that he disposed of the murder weapons in a retention pond. The Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered the four baseball bats used in the murders from a pond in Debary, Florida.
Victorino was sentenced to death in Volusia County on September 22, 2006.
Jeron Hunter received a death sentence. For more on Hunter, see: http://www.cncpunishment.com/forums/...rida-Death-Row
Robert Cannon pled guilty to all charges in exchange for a life sentence.
Michael Salas was sentenced to life imprisonment.