Florida Justices Reject Appeal In Xbox Murders Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from the ringleader of a 2004 mass killing.

The court on Thursday unanimously threw out a wide-ranging challenge to the conviction and death sentence imposed on Troy Victorino.

Victorino was convicted of first-degree murder in the gruesome beating deaths of six people in a vacant house in Deltona. The murders were triggered by a dispute over an Xbox video game system.

In his appeal, Victorino raised issues regarding his initial trial and whether he was properly represented at his trial. Victorino’s attorney, for example, argued that testimony from an accomplice that asserted Victorino was the ringleader should have been challenged

But the court ruled that while there were some problems during the trial that none of them merited throwing out the conviction.

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