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December 6, 2012
State of Florida v. Michael Peter Fitzpatrick
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A jury convicted Mr. Fitzpatrick of the first-degree murder and sexual battery of Laura Romines, who was fatally stabbed in 1996. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Fitzpatrick filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. The trial court granted him a new trial and this appeal followed.