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Mistaken-identity murder: Warning details may upset some.....

Posted by on May. 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM
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 The man suspected of beating an elderly man to death in Bithlo in a case of mistaken identity was found hiding in a muddy pond this afternoon, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies in the K-9 unit tracked 21-year-old Robert Pascale to the muddy waters near Sixth and 10th Street in Bithlo, a spokesman said. Only Pascale's face was exposed. Charges against him are pending.

Deputies say Pascale was the man who allegedly used a black
Louisville Slugger baseball bat to bludgeon a 78-year-old man to death inside of a trailer in Bithlo late Tuesday after he was wrongly identified as a sexual predator.

Officials said Pascale killed Hugh Edwards, an elderly man who has no criminal history.

Records show Pascale has a violent criminal past and spent two years in a state prison for stealing a car, burglary, robbery with a deadly weapon and battery on a detention facility staff member, according to Florida Department of Corrections.

He was released from prison in March, records show. Three weeks later he was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and held overnight at the Orange County Jail.

Details about the mistaken-identity motive were recorded in the arrest report for the Pascale's friend, 32-year-old Michael Garay.

Garay has been arrested and charged with accessory to murder.

It's unclear why the men thought Edwards was a sexual offender. A check into the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offender Registry shows no one under that name is a registered offender or predator.

Deputies were alerted to a possible homicide when Christa Limerick called 911 and said she thought her acquaintances had killed a man inside of a trailer in Bithlo, reports show.

Officers were dispatched to 18838 Fifth Avenue in Bithlo around 4:24 a.m. and found Hugh Edwards dead in a pool of blood. Officers noted there were signs of a struggle.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-murder-victim-mistaken-sex-offende20100513,0,4534435.story

by on May. 13, 2010 at 8:13 PM
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SylviaNCali
by Member on May. 13, 2010 at 8:22 PM

 That man had a record and it makes me sick to think that people like him who would commit burglary or robbery would even get a second chance to commit more crimes.

DangerDarling
by Fabulous on May. 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Oh Christ. So he's a robber vigilante who can't get the story straight before he bludgeons someone to death over a crime that wasn't committed? That sounds like a steaming pile of bullshit to cover the fact that he had no real reason.

tericared
by on May. 14, 2010 at 4:42 PM

 

Quoting DangerDarling:

Oh Christ. So he's a robber vigilante who can't get the story straight before he bludgeons someone to death over a crime that wasn't committed? That sounds like a steaming pile of bullshit to cover the fact that he had no real reason.

 Yep.. I think he just wanted to kill someone.....Definitely not right in the head...

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