Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Death penalty sought in Sumter murder case

Carl Dausch


Staff Writer

BUSHNELL -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a hitchhiker if he is convicted on accusations of tying up, raping, robbing and stomping to death a Lake Panasoffkee man.

A trial date has not been set yet for Carl Dausch, 47, who now faces capital murder charges as well as sexual battery charges in the death of Adrian Renard Mobley.

Dausch will have his next court appearance Oct. 20 in the Sumter County courthouse.

He is being held at the Sumter County jail on no bail.

State Attorney Brad King would not go into details today of why they decided to seek the death penalty. But he said based on aggravated and mitigating factors in the case, they are sure the Florida Supreme Court would uphold the death penalty.

Dausch was serving 60 years in an Indiana prison on an unrelated rape and battery, when he was indicted in the Mobley murder. He was brought back to Sumter County in August to begin facing court proceedings here.

Assistant State Attorney Peter Magrino couldn't be reach for comment today but said earlier he wanted to study Dausch's criminal record and other factors in the case before making the decision whether to seek the death penalty.

Magrino, who worked on the case of convicted child rapist and killer John Couey, called the Mobley murder a horrendous crime, but stopped short of ranking it among other heinous murders for which he has sought the death penalty.


Anonymous said...

This guy is rotten to the core. He's been doing things like this for a long time and deserves to get the death penalty if found guilty. He's tried to kill other inmates in prison in Indiana and has tried to pay people to do things like that for him. Put him away for good and hopefully he gets the death penalty!

Anonymous said...

How would you know all this? Can you prove this? How many people do you say he murdered/tried to kill that you know of? Anyone found guilty of this kind of crime should be put to death, but he hasn't been found quilty in a court of law.