Man hires teens to kill Xbox thief


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Well, here's the one time authorities can say video games actually lead to murder. (At least they weren't "influenced" by a game, as they always like to claim.)

Police: Xbox Theft Spurred Fla. Slayings

By MIKE BRANOM, Associated Press Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A man who was angry about a suspected theft recruited three teenagers to stab and beat six people to death with baseball bats in a Florida home, investigators said Sunday after making four arrests.

Remains of the six victims — four men and two women — were found Friday in the blood-spattered home.

All four suspects have been charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary, the Volusia County sheriff's department said. All of the victims had been stabbed, but autopsies determined the cause of death was the beating injuries.

Troy Victorino, 27, of Deltona was identified as the ringleader. Also arrested were Robert Cannon, 18, of Orange City, Jerone Hunter, 18, of Deltona and Michael Salas, 18, of Deltona.

"Officials struggling to come up with a motive for the crime believe the killings were committed over the theft of some clothes and an Xbox game system owned by Victorino," who has a criminal record for assault, a statement from the sheriff's office said.

The bodies were discovered in a three-bedroom home in Deltona, about 25 miles north of Orlando, after one victim's co-worker at Burger King called a friend and asked the person to visit the home because the victim had not arrived for work, officials said.

The sheriff's office on Saturday identified the victims as Michelle Ann Nathan, 19; Anthony Vega, 34; Roberto "Tito" Gonzalez, 28, of New York; Francisco Ayo Roman, 30; and Jonathan Gleason, 18. Authorities had not yet positively identified the sixth victim by late Saturday.

The killing spree in the working-class, bedroom community of more than 70,000 people was the deadliest in Florida since 1990, when a man whose car was repossessed shot eight people to death at a Jacksonville loan office before turning the gun on himself.

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Update.

Four Indicted in Deadly Home Invasion

DELAND, Fla. - A grand jury Monday indicted four men for the grisly slayings of six people in a Florida home, and the state prosecutor planned to seek the death penalty.

Included in the 15-count indictment were newly released details of the massacre — including that one female victim was sexually assaulted with a bat and that each of the victims was stabbed and cut after they were dead.

The bodies of the victims were found in a blood-spattered home Aug. 6.

The alleged ringleader, Troy Victorino, 27, and Robert Cannon, Michael Salas and Jerone Hunter, all 18, were charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, abuse of a dead body with a weapon and armed burglary. They also were charged with cruelty to animals for killing a dog in the house.

State Attorney John Tanner said he will seek the death penalty for all the defendants and asked for prayers for the victims' families. "They've been through a parent's worst nightmare," he said.

No one at the public defender's office answered calls for comment. Attorneys from the office are defending Victorino, Cannon and Salas. There was no answer at the office of Grady Irvin, an attorney representing Hunter.

Police said the killings were the culmination of an argument between Victorino and one of the victims, Erin Belanger, 22, over an X-Box video game system and clothes owned by Victorino.

Belanger's grandparents own a Florida winter home that is supposed to be vacant in the summer. Police said Victorino and other squatters used it in July as a party spot. The squatters were kicked out, but left behind the X-box and clothes.

Belanger took the items back to the three-bedroom rental home she shared with friends. Investigators said Victorino organized the attack on the home to retrieve the items.

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I hope these fuckers rot!

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Police said the killings were the culmination of an argument between Victorino and one of the victims, Erin Belanger, 22, over an X-Box video game system and clothes owned by Victorino.

There's got to be more to this story than that. I can see some idiot fuck killing someone over stolen possesions, but they way they killed these people, makes me think that there was more to it than just stolen property.

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There's got to be more to this story than that. I can see some idiot fuck killing someone over stolen possesions, but they way they killed these people, makes me think that there was more to it than just stolen property.

That is possible. But some people are psychopaths. What can explain such an evil act? What can explain Dahmer, Bundy, Manson, or Gacy? What can explain the actions of Ivy Likens, detailed here? What can explain this kind of evil?

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." Genesis 6:5-6.

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