Daytona Beach suspected serial killer back in court

A jury will soon decide the fate of a suspected serial killer in Volusia County. Lawyers for both sides presented their closing arguments in the Robert Hayes case earlier today. him as the killer of Miss Gunther, Miss Patton and Miss Green,” prosecutor Jason Lewis said. All three were killed from late 2005 to early 2006 using new genetic technology. If convicted of the murders, Hayes could face the death penalty. He was a student at Bethune Cookman in 2005 and 2006 and allegedly picked up women in Daytona Beach and murdered them. , prosecutors said Hayes had purchased a gun, similar to the one used in the murders, shortly before. “He purchased the same type of firearm that was used in the murder of these three victims. He brought the same type of ammunition found at the crime scene of the second and third victims,” ​​prosecutor Andrew Urbanik said. His defense noted that Hayes’ gun was stolen. and that no firearms have ever been found in connection with the murders. “Forty-caliber handguns were very popular,” defense attorney Francis Shea said. “The state has presented no evidence that the defendant was the one who shot Ms. Gunther, based on the fact that he purchased a Smith and Wesson handgun.” they needed access to a car. “There was never any evidence that Mr. Hayes owned, drove or owned a car in January 2006,” Shea said. Hayes was identified as the killer in 2019 after another killing in Palm Beach County. Hayes was a suspect in that case, and prosecutors said DNA in that case matched evidence from the Daytona murders. This 2019 case did not go to trial. His defense says the victims sometimes worked in prostitution, so just because Hayes’ DNA was found on them doesn’t mean he killed them. The jury could make its decision tomorrow.

A jury will soon decide the fate of a suspected serial killer in Volusia County.

Lawyers for both sides presented their closing arguments in the Robert Hayes case earlier today.

“The defendant sitting here is the killer. Every piece of evidence points to him as the killer of Miss Gunther, Miss Patton and Miss Green,” prosecutor Jason Lewis said.

All three were killed from late 2005 to early 2006. Authorities charged Hayes with all three murders after investigators identified him as a suspect just a few years ago, using new genetic technology. If convicted of the murders, Hayes could face the death penalty.

He was a student at Bethune Cookman in 2005 and 2006 and allegedly picked up women in Daytona Beach and murdered them.

The three victims were found naked and shot in the head.

On Friday, prosecutors said Hayes purchased a gun, similar to the one used in the murders, shortly before.

“He purchased the same type of firearm that was used in the murder of these three victims. He brought the same type of ammunition found at the crime scene of the second and third victims,” ​​prosecutor Andrew Urbanik said.

His defense noted that Hayes’ gun was stolen and no firearm was ever found in connection with the murders.

“Forty-caliber handguns were very popular,” defense attorney Francis Shea said. “The state has presented no evidence that the defendant was the one who shot Ms. Gunther, based on the fact that he purchased a Smith and Wesson handgun.”

Hayes’ defense said at least two victims were found in remote areas, suggesting whoever injured them needed access to a car.

“There was never any evidence that Mr. Hayes owned, drove or owned a car in January 2006,” Shea said.

Hayes was identified as the killer in 2019 after another killing in Palm Beach County. Hayes was a suspect in that case, and prosecutors said DNA in that case matched evidence from the Daytona murders. This 2019 case did not go to trial.

His defense says the victims sometimes worked in prostitution, so just because Hayes’ DNA was found on them doesn’t mean he killed them.

The jury could make its decision tomorrow.

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