The Florida Supreme Court today upheld the conviction and death sentence of Donte Hall, an Orlando twin who opened fire with an AK-47 on guests at a Eustis house party, killing 2 Lake County men.
The gunfire inside the house known as "The Valley" killed Anthony Bernard Blunt, 35, of Mount Dora, and Kison Evans, 32, of Tavares, and seriously injured 2 others. None of the victims knew Hall or his twin, Dante.
The holdup was arranged by Hall with the help of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Angel Glenn, who had been hired to dance and strip at the private party. Hall and his twin believed they would score money, jewelry and drugs in the armed heist on Sept. 8, 2006. They and 2 accomplices, identified only by the nicknames of "Pig" and "Shoo Shoo," wore masks when they broke into the house on Gottsche Avenue, waving guns.
They were led to the party house with directions supplied by Glenn.
Lawyers for Hall, now 27, contend that the death sentence was "disproportionate" because his brother was sentenced to life and his girlfriend was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Appellate lawyers also argued unsuccessfully that the crime was not "heinous, atrocious and cruel," an aggravating circumstance used to apply the death penalty.
But the justices, in a nearly unanimous opinion, noted Hall's lead role in the crime and pointed out that the killings involved "unnecessary agony." Glenn provided crucial testimony that led to the arrests and convictions of the twins.
(source: Orlando Sentinel)