Accused ringleader's boot matches crime scene prints


Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2005 at 11:33 p.m.

DELTONA - Shoe prints in a house where six friends were beaten to death matched a bloodstained boot belonging to a man accused of orchestrating the attacks, according to investigators.

Troy Victorino's size-12, suede Lugz boot matched the tread, dimension and shape of impressions found on a pay stub, a playing card, a bedsheet and the front door of the house, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports released Thursday.

The boot was recovered from Victorino's home, where he was arrested a day after the victims were found bludgeoned.

Another pair of shoes from Victorino's home matched prints found on another playing card and a grocery list in the house, according to the reports.

Victorino, and 19-year-olds Jerone Hunter, Michael Salas and Robert Anthony Cannon are charged with six counts of murder and eight other felonies for the Aug. 6, 2004, beating deaths.

The state is seeking the death penalty at their Jan. 3 trial.

Hunter told investigators that Victorino kicked in the house's front door before the four men entered with baseball bats.

Victorino has denied involvement in the slayings, saying he was drunk and passed out a bar when they took place.

A message left early Friday for Victorino's attorney, James Jeffrey Dowdy, was not immediately returned.

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