Friday, April 6, 2012

FL - Trial Begins For Men Accused Of Killing Neighbor With Bat, Who They Thought Was A Sex Offender

Michael Garay
Original Article

Man found guilty of beating elderly man to death with bat


ORLANDO - The trial for a local man who is accused of beating his neighbor with a baseball bat began Thursday morning in Orange County.

Michael Garay is on trial for first-degree murder because officials said he beat his 79-year-old neighbor to death.

Prosecutors said Garay and his friend, Robert Pascale, killed his neighbor, [name withheld], because he thought [name withheld] was a sex offender.
- As if that would justify murder?

Officials said in a drunken rage, Garay went next door to Hugh [name withheld]'s trailer in Bithlo and killed him in May of 2010.

Robert Pascale
"The killing of [name withheld] was simply senseless. This 79-year-old man, who not even weighed 135 pounds was sitting in his trailer out in east Orlando in Bithlo in his underwear in the middle of the night between May 11, 2010, and May 12, 2010. This defendant, Mr. Garay, and his co-defendant, Mr. Pascale, forcefully entered his home and beat him with a baseball bat until he was dead," said prosecutor Will Jay.

[name withheld] was not a sex offender.

Shortly after being arrested Pascale apologized.

According to Garay's attorney, his client made some bad decisions but did not kill [name withheld].

"The man, the co-defendant he knew, had just bludgeoned a man to death. My client, Michael Garay, after witnessing the aftermath of the crime that the co-defendant, Robert Pascale, had committed made some bad decisions out of fear. He feared what Robert Pascale might do to him," said Garay's attorney, Joe Davis.

Garay's trial is expected to last a week and if he's convicted he could face life in prison.

Garay and Pascale are being tried separately.

Pascale was set to go on trial next week, but his attorney said the trial most likely will be held later.


anonymous said...

"Well, we thought he was a sex offender, your honor"......   This is what happens when the Government and media demonize every person on the registry.......... and society looks the other way when a murder involves "One of THOSE people"........ Sound familiar historians???? Search: Emmitt Till, August 28,1955

NJ45143112 said...

Well, this is just another example of societal decay in America!
The government and media have imbued the average idiot with a power he is not meant to have:  moral superiority.  With that, it is not surprising that violence and vengeance will be wrought on the unsuspecting (and probably innocent) sex offender (or those mistaken as such)...
Of course, the laws and publicity are all "in the best interest of public safety" so the odd violent outbreak can't be considered an indication that the laws are wrong...
Yeah, right!