Sunday, February 22, 2009

South Florida: Boca man convicted of murder

February 21, 2009

A Boca Raton man may face the death penalty after a Broward County jury convicted him Friday of murdering a gay man he had targeted for robbery, prosecutor Shari Tate said.

Eric Kurt Patrick, 45, confessed to the September 2005 slaying of Steven Schumacher, 72.

Jurors will return to court May 11 to recommend whether Patrick should receive life in prison or be executed for beating, hog-tying, gagging and strangling Schumacher in his Oakland Park home.

Schumacher, who frequented the Cubby Hole bar in Fort Lauderdale, befriended Patrick about a week before the murder, according to a police report.

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