Thursday, October 18, 2007

State to seek death penalty in Bonita Springs murder case

Richard C. Elkins
Daily News staff

Originally published — 11:53 a.m., October 18, 2007
Updated — 1:53 p.m., October 18, 2007

Prosecutors will push for the death penalty against Richard Elkins, the 18-year-old accused of killing a Bonita Springs man earlier this year behind a pool hall, the state attorney's office said.

The state filed paperwork earlier this month announcing its plans to ask for the death penalty if Elkins is convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and sexual battery with a deadly weapon, and is scheduled to go to trial in December.

Elkins is accused of beating to death Obed Flores, a 22-year-old Honduran man, after a night of drinking in February at Warehouse Billiards on Bonita Beach Road.

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