Tuesday, September 30, 2008

High Court Upholds Death Sentence In Local Couple's Slaying


Published: September 29, 2008

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court has upheld the conviction and death sentence imposed on William Deparvine for killing a Tierra Verde couple in November 2003.

A jury found Deparvine guilty of killing Richard and Karla Van Dusen, whose bodies were found on a dirt road east of Oldsmar.

Prosecutors said Deparvine met the couple when he responded to a newspaper add they placed to sell their 1971 Chevrolet pickup.

Justice R. Fred Lewis and Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince dissented, saying the jury should not have been allowed to hear purportedly spontaneous statements Deparvine made to authorities.

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