Cops: Man Fatally Beat Victims With Baseball Bat, Took Pictures With Bodies
SPRING HILL, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Hernando County authorities say a man fatally beat two people with a baseball bat over a debt and then took pictures with their bodies afterwards.
Craig Lede, 40, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of John Ketsemidis, 29, and Dana Nelson, 28.
According to police reports obtained by CBS Tampa, Lede killed Ketsemidis and Nelson on Nov. 30 when they went over Lede’s place to discuss a debt that was owed.
Police say Lede struck Ketsemidis in the head with a baseball bat when he told him he would not be able to pay him back. Lede then took a swing at Nelson’s head.
After Lede fatally beat both victims, he then photographed himself with the bodies.
According to police, Lede then tied and bound Nelson’s hands, wrapped her head in a cloth and put her body in the trunk of his car. Lede stashed Ketsemidis’ body in his garage.
Police say Nelson’s body was in Lede’s car for a few days while he ran errands with the body in the trunk. They also say that he drove the car to Ketsemidis’ parents’ house, telling them their son was at the hospital getting a wound healed and demanding money.
“He killed my son and then he came in my house to ask me for $40,” Ketsemidis’ father, Zafirios, told The St. Petersburg Times.
According to police reports, Ketsemidis’ parents reported him missing on Dec. 2. He was on probation so police were able to track him by the tracking bracelet he was wearing.
When police arrived, they noticed Lede was wearing bloody clothes and a watch that matched the description of the one owned by Ketsemidis.
Police found his body in the garage and Nelson’s body in the trunk.
According to police, Lede confessed to both killings. He said the reason he killed them was because he was tired of being “screwed over.” He also told authorities that he kept the pictures as trophies and even demonstrated how he hit the victims with the bat.
Lede is being held without bond at the Hernando County Detention Center.