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[UPDATE] Guilty Verdict in Wakulla Double Murder Trial

By: Jerry Askin, Eyewitness News Email
By: Jerry Askin, Eyewitness News Email
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UPDATED
By: James Buechele
10:45 p.m.

The guilty verdicts family and friends of John McKenzie and Patrick Pittman have waited three years for.

"They're very pleased with the verdict that he is being held accountable for his actions on that particular night," said prosecutor John Fuchs. "But of course, there is reservation because we still have another part of this trial."

That other part: the sentencing phase. Wilson next week will find out if he will spend the rest of his life behind bars or be sentenced to death, something both victim's families want.

"Obviously we were very happy with the verdict but that's just one part of this. There's two parts to this entire situation."

As Wilson was lead away, he waved one final goodbye to the courtroom. A four hour deliberation ended the way the prosecution had hoped for since jury selection began on Monday.

"This jury clearly did not take that lightly. They performed their duty very well. They probably went through each and every piece of evidence. They probably went through each and every element of the crime."


UPDATED
By: James Buechele
7:18 pm June 20, 2014

Andrew Wilson is guilty on all counts. two counts of first degree murder and one of attempted first degree two other lesser charges.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
3:30pm June 20, 2014

The jury is now deliberating in the double murder trial of Andrew Wilson.

We have a crew at the Wakulla County Courthouse and we'll keep you posted on a verdict.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
June 20, 2014
12:30pm

Attorneys are now making their closing arguments in the double murder trial of Andrew Wilson.

Wilson is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend Gabrielle McKenzie at her Wakulla County home in March 2011. She survived, but her boyfriend Patrick Pittman and her father John McKenzie were both stabbed to death.

Prosecutor Jon Fuchs says there is no doubt Wilson attacked them. He played portions of 911 calls on which you can hear an irate Wilson yelling in the background. Fuchs told the jury Wilson went there to kill all three of them but failed to kill Gabrielle McKenzie because Pittman managed to call 911 and deputies got there before he could finish the job.

The defense attorney is trying to convince the jury that this was not premeditated murder, that Wilson did not consciously decide to kill.

He suggested that Wilson may have gone to the home that night to get a look at his one year old son or even take his son because Wilson had been barred from seeing him for the previous five weeks by a domestic violence injunction.

The defense attorney says it is possible that when Wilson went inside the house and saw Pittman there - in his mind "the man who stole his girlfriend" - sleeping on the couch that it "provoked an explosion of rage."

"Sometimes people do terrible things without thinking," he said.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
June 19, 2014
7pm

The defense has also rested its case in the double murder trial of Andrew Wilson.

Closing arguments and jury deliberations are set for tomorrow.


UPDATED
By Julie Montanaro
June 19, 2014
6pm

The state has rested its case against Andrew Wilson, a Wakulla County man accused in a brutal stabbing turned double murder.

Wilson is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend Gabrielle McKenzie in March 2011. She survived the attack, but her new boyfriend, Patrick Pittman, and her father, John McKenzie, did not.

McKenzie described the middle of the night murders yesterday. Today, crime scene investigators and the medical examiner took the stand.

The state rested its case at about 4 o'clock this afternoon and the defense has begun calling witnesses in the case. It's not clear yet whether Wilson will testify in his own defense.

The jury could begin deliberating tomorrow.


UPDATED
by Julie Montanaro
June 18, 2014
7pm

The sole survivor of a triple stabbing takes the stand to testify against who she calls a "jealous" ex-boyfriend.

Andrew Wilson's attorney said today there's no dispute over who did it, but argued it wasn't murder in the first degree.

We must warn you the testimony is graphic as Gabrielle McKenzie described that terrifying night.

"I saw him standing over Patrick, stabbing him over and over," McKenzie testified.

Gabrielle McKenzie testified she awoke that night in March 2011 to a loud banging noise in the living room and got up only to find
ex-boyfriend Andrew Wilson stabbing her new boyfriend Patrick Pittman repeatedly. Then, she testified Wilson looked up, saw her and charged.

"I just felt the blade coming into me and I felt my body shaking." He was saying "Why did you cheat on me? and I said "No, I didn't."

Before it was over, Wilson is accused of stabbing Patrick Pittman 47 times and stabbing her father John McKenzie 17 times. Both were dead on the scene.

Gabrielle McKenzie took off her jacket and showed her scars to the jury.

McKenzie testified that she had gotten a domestic violence injunction against Wilson about a month earlier and told the judge about a threat he made then.

"I will slit his - throat and blow your - head off."

Both Patrick Pittman and Gabrielle McKenzie managed to dial 911 that night .

"911. What's your emergency?

"I'm dying," Pittman told the operator and when asked who stabbed him he named Andrew Wilson by name.

McKenzie testified she dialed 911 but collapsed before she could say a word.

Operators could hear her one year old son screaming in the background. Deputies testified they found him covered in blood, crying at the screen door when they got there.

Defense attorneys say Wilson is not guilty of first degree murder, but acted with a "depraved mind" and asked jurors to consider murder in the second degree.

It's not clear whether Wilson will testify.

He could face the death penalty if convicted.


UPDATED
June 18, 2014
3:15pm
by Julie Montanaro

Gabrielle McKenzie testified she awoke to the sound of loud banging in the living room and the sound of her boyfriend Patrick Pittman screaming "I'm dying."

McKenzie says she got out of bed and came down the hall to see Andrew Wilson stabbing Pittman over and over again as he lay on the couch. She says when he looked up and saw her, Wilson charged her and she fell. She testified Wilson started stabbing her in the hallway.

McKenzie says she could feel the blade and her body shaking and Wilson was yelling "Why did you cheat on me?" She says she just kept saying "No." At some point she says her mouth was moving but there were no words coming out. "It happened so fast," she said.

McKenzie showed her scars to the jury and told them Wilson stabbed her in the chest, shoulder, arm, back, throat, face and hands.

McKenzie says she heard her father's voice in the hall and then Wilson got up to chase him and then there was a ringing in her ears and then silence.

She testified that after she heard the screen door slam, she managed to stagger to the kitchen to call 911 and though she dialed the numbers, she says, she collapsed before she could say anything.

McKenzie testified on cross examination that Wilson had never physically hurt her during their relationship but she was afraid of him.

She testified that Wilson had once threatened her saying "If you ever cheat on me I will ... slit his ... throat."

McKenzie testified on cross examination that she had not seen Wilson or had any contact with him since getting a domestic violence injunction against him about a month before the attack.

She testified on cross examination that she knew Wilson regularly smoked marijuana and drank beer, but was not aware of him taking any amphetamines or Adderall.

Prosecutors showed her a knife in a tube and asked if that was the knife Wilson used to attack her and she said yes.


UPDATED
June 18, 2014 - 11:45 a.m.
By Julie Montanaro

Stabbing survivor Gabrielle McKenzie testified she lived with Andy Wilson for about a year and the two had a son together.

She testified that Wilson became increasingly possessive of her and the two split up just before New Years 2011. McKenzie testified she got a domestic violence injunction against Wilson in February to keep him away from her and their son.

The judge just called a break for lunch.

UPDATED
June 18, 2014 - 10:20 a.m.
By Julie Montanaro

Prosecutors say Andrew Wilson tied bags around his shoes, strapped a head lamp around his head and helped himself to a hidden key to let himself into the McKenzies home the night of the murders.

Prosecutors say Wilson stabbed Patrick Pittman 47 times, John McKenzie 17 times and Gabrielle McKenzie more than a dozen times.

Prosecutors say Wilson let himself into the home and attacked Pittman on the couch. They say Pittman managed to call 911 and when Wilson realized it he came back and stabbed him some more.

Prosecutors say you can hear Wilson screaming at Pittman on that 911 tape saying "Why did you ... (expletive) ... you know I loved her."

Prosecutors say it was all done in a jealous rage because Wilson and McKenzie had recently split up and McKenzie had stopped allowing him to see his son.

Prosecutors say the stabbing spree happened despite a domestic violence injunction, an injunction McKenzie sought a month earlier after he threatened to slit the throat of anyone she was dating.

Defense attorneys say there is no doubt who killed Patrick Pittman and John McKenzie, but asked jurors to find Wilson guilty of the lesser crime of second degree murder because he acted with a "depraved mind."

Defense attorneys say the attacks were the result of "unleashed emotion" and say Wilson had an overdose amount of Adderral in his system at the time.

"I'm not going to ask you to find Andy Wilson not guilty of any crime," defense attorney Steven Bean told the jury, "that's ridiculous." Bean says Wilson should not be found guilty of premeditated first degree murder.


UPDATED
June 18, 2014 - 9:20 a.m.
By Julie Montanaro

Andrew Wilson is in a Wakulla County courtroom this morning to face charges in the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend, and murder charges in the deaths of her father and new boyfriend.

Defense attorneys object to the jury knowing Gabrielle McKenzie's one year old son was at the scene of the crime too, but the judge said that is admissible.

The defense also does not want jurors to hear a 911 tape in which the baby screams and cries for several minutes.

The judge agreed the crying was too prejudicial and will allow the jury to hear only the first 29 seconds of that call.

Opening arguments will begin shortly.


UPDATED
June 16, 2014
By Julie Montanaro

A Wakulla County man could face the death penalty if he's convicted of a brutal double murder.

Andrew Wilson is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's home on Field Loop Road in Crawfordville in March 2011.

Wilson is accused of stabbing her, her father and her new boyfriend.

She survived, but both men - John McKenzie and Patrick Pittman - died.

Arrest papers say deputies found a one year old child covered in blood when they arrived at the house.

Jury selection in Wilson's trial started today. Testimony is expected to begin Wednesday.


[UPDATE] 4-4 9:47am --

WCSO Release:

GABBY MCKENZIE BENEFIT

On Wednesday, March 30, God spared the lives of Gabrielle “Gabby” McKenzie and her young son, Layne, in a tragic criminal incident which claimed the lives of Gabby’s boyfriend, Patrick, and her father, John McKenzie.

Gabby and Layne are now left to start a new life surrounded by their closest friends and loved ones. We are asking anyone who is willing to join us in that circle of friends to support her in every way possible.

A benefit will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hudson Park in Crawfordville to raise money to support them as well as to commemorate the lives of John McKenzie and Patrick Pittman. Please don’t miss this event!

We hope to have live music and fun for everyone along with the sale of pit barbeque, baked goods, open auctions and raffles. All proceeds will benefit Ms. McKenzie and Layne.

Please come out and support or feel free to visit Centennial Bank or Regions Bank to make a donation to the benefit accounts set up there. To volunteer, contribute or for any additional questions, feel free to contact any of the following: Tim at (850) 284-3460, Samantha at (850) 524-6431 or Linda at (850) 325-0301, or e-mail at helpgabrielle@gmail.com. Visit www.helpgabrielle.com for more information.

The event at Hudson Park will include live music, barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs with lots of home baked cakes, bounce houses, antique cars, auctions, raffles and fun.

Or make a donation at Centennial Bank or Regions Bank for Gabrielle McKenzie or Patrick Pittman.
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A Wakulla county woman remains in critical condition at TMH after deputies say her ex-boyfriend stabbed her and killed her father and current boyfriend in their Crawfordville home.

Close friends gather Thursday reminiscing about a horrible tragedy that claimed the lives of two men and seriously injured a mother and her young child.

Cousin of Patrick Pittman, Joseph Norris says, "To think that the man she was with did this to her and her father, right in front of their son.. and the whole thing happens and the man leaves his own child in a home with three people that he thought was dead."

Wakulla County sheriff deputies say 24-year old Andrew Wilson intentionally stabbed his ex girlfriend 19-year old Gabrielle McKenzie and killed Mckenzie's father 62-year old Joseph McKenzie and her current boyfriend 24-year old Patrick Pittman in their home. Deputies also found several bruises on his baby who was living in the home with McKenzie at the time.

Friend of the family Tim Haifley says, "Gabrielle and John was each others' closest family, there really was no other immediate family here locally, so they depended on each other."

Friends of McKenzie say she has no immediate family in the area and her mother died years ago. But they plan to lend a helping hand and be there for a great mother who lost some special people in her life in an unfortunate way.

Friend of the family David Reeves says, "As soon as we can get in there, I and friends of mine are going up there to let her know that she has people who care for her and we're here for her."

As for the baby, he has been released from the hospital and turned over to the Department of Children and Families for care.

The autopsies of both men killed was scheduled for this morning, but results have not been released.

Stay tuned to WCTV.TV for the latest on this story.
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[UPDATE] 3-3110:58am --

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) investigators drove to Columbus, Ga. Wednesday, March 30 to bring double homicide suspect Andrew Michael Wilson, 24, of Crawfordville back to Wakulla County, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

“Wilson waived extradition and was booked into the Wakulla County Jail at 9:01 p.m. He faces two counts of premeditated murder, one count of attempted murder, violation of a domestic violence injunction and burglary of a dwelling,” said Sheriff Harvey. At Wilson’s first appearance March 31 he was denied bond.

Wilson is accused of stabbing John Robert McKenzie, 62, and Patrick Lee Pittman, 24, to death at a home on Field Loop sometime after 3:30 a.m. March 30. He also stabbed his ex-girlfriend Gabrielle Elizabeth McKenzie, 19, but McKenzie survived the attack and remains in intensive care at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. John McKenzie was Gabrielle’s McKenzie’s father and Pittman was a boyfriend.

“Investigators located a trail of blood that was approximately one-quarter mile long on Field Loop that led detectives to believe that Wilson parked his vehicle a short distance away and carefully planned his premeditated attack,” said Sheriff Harvey.

WCSO and FDLE investigators arrived at the Field Loop home shortly after Andrew Wilson left the scene. Investigators learned he was driving to Columbus, Ga. to see a brother. Stewart County, Ga. Sheriff’s Department Sgt. John Tyler investigated a traffic accident near his home in Louvale and discovered Wilson bleeding from a severe hand injury which investigators believe occurred during the Field Loop incident.

“Wilson made incriminating remarks about his recent activities to the sergeant that linked him to the Wakulla County crime,” said Sheriff Harvey. “He was covered in blood when he was discovered in Louvale, Ga.”

Wilson was taken to Columbus, Ga. Regional Medical Center for treatment and was later released to WCSO detectives.

The investigation at the Field Loop home concluded late in the day on March 30. The autopsy of the two victims is underway on March 31 and the bodies will be released to family members after the work of the medical examiner is complete. The autopsy will confirm the cause of death which investigators believe is stabbing.

Wilson and McKenzie had a 1 ½ year old male child in common. The child was bruised and covered in blood when he was discovered at the home. The baby is doing well and was released to officials of the Florida Department of Child and Families (DCF).

Additional charges against Wilson may be filed later by the State Attorney’s office.

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UPDATE 03-30-2011 at 6:00pm by Jerry Askin

It wasn't an average morning for Dale Britt. He says he woke up to dozens of deputy cars surrounding his neighbor's home.

Britt says, "To wake up and find out that you've had a double homicide behind your house, usually you hear about it somewhere else."

Wakulla County Sheriff deputies say around 4:00 Wednesday morning, they arrived to a home on Field Loop Road to find two men dead.

Sheriff Harvey says, "It's shocking for this community of course and very unfortunate."

Deputies say 24-year old Andrew Wilson intentionally entered the home and stabbed his ex girlfriend 19-year old Gabrielle McKenzie in the neck. Deputies say Wilson also fatally stabbed McKenzie's father, 62-year old Joseph McKenzie, and her current boyfriend 24-year old Patrick Pittman.

Wesley Livingston who lives right next door says, "I didn't think anyone would be killed this close to me, but times are changing, people are getting so wild, you never know what's going to happen anywhere."

Deputies say Wilson might have been intoxicated at the time of the murders and he may have been stalking her. They say he attacked his one-year old son also living in the home.

Sheriff Harvey says, "The baby did not appear to be other than bruised, did not appear to be cut anyway."

This leaves neighbors and many residents living in the area more uneasy of their communities.

Britt says, "Keep an eye out for your neighbors, that's the best thing you can do, and everybody watch out for everybody, because you never know when someone's crazy is going to come through."

Wilson is now being charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and a couple other charges as well. An autopsy is set for Thursday morning on the two victims of this homicide.

The mother, 19-year old Gabrielle McKenzie, is at TMH in the ICU, though she is expected to recover. Deputies say her toddler is with a family member at this time.
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[UPDATE] Wakulla County, Florida - March 30, 2011 -- Noon --

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Release:

The charges are still pending against Wilson, but he will be charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, burglary of a structure and violation of a domestic violence injunction, according to WCSO. The State Attorney is reviewing the charges so there may be more. An extradition hearing will be held in Georgia to bring Wilson back unless he waives the hearing, but WCSO will bring him back either way.
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[UPDATE] Wakulla County, Florida - March 30, 2011 -- 10:42am --

Authorities have released the names of the victims. 62-year-old Joseph Robert McKenzie and 30-year-old Patrick Pittman were the two homicide victims.

19-year-old Gabrielle McKenzie is at Tallahassee Memorial in stable condition after also being stabbed. She is expected to be okay. Her 1-year-old baby, a male, was found in the home with bruises, but is expected to be okay.

The suspect, 24-year old Andrew Michael Wilson of Tallahassee, was the former boyfriend of Gabrielle McKenzie and father of the 1-year-old baby. Patrick Pittman was her new boyfriend. Authorities say Wilson came to the home and planned on stabbing all three victims.

Authorities believe the suspect was intoxicated at the time of the murders.

The autopsies of Joseph Robert McKenzie and Patrick Pittman are expected to be completed by tomorrow.

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[UPDATE] Wakulla County, Florida - March 30, 2011 -- 9:22am --

Wakulla County Sheriff David Harvey say they got the call around 4am at a home on Field Loop road. Sheriff Harvey says two men, 60-years-old and 25-years-old) were found in the home and appeared to have suffered from stab wounds. The two men are dead.
The sheriff is calling this a domestic violence double murder.

A woman in her 20s is at Tallahassee Memorial in stable condition after also being stabbed. Her 1-year-old baby, a male, was found in the home with bruises, but is expected to be okay.

The suspect has been identified as 24-year old Andrew Michael Wilson of Tallahassee. Authorities got information that he might be heading to the Columbus, GA area and we’re told he was captured about 30 minutes ago after wrecking his car in Stewart County, GA. He's being held now at a jail in Stewart County.

It's unclear whether Wilson is the woman's husband or ex-husband at this time, but the sheriff says it appears they had some type of connection and the 1-year-old baby might be his child.

They are not releasing the names of any of the victims until after they've notified the next of kin.

We'll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.

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Wakulla County, Florida - March 30, 2011 -- 7:35am --

Authorities are still on the scene of a double homicide that took place in Wakulla County early this morning. The incident happened around 3:30am at a home on Field Loop Rd. Field Loop Rd. is off Sam Smith Circle along Highway 267. No other information has been released at this time. We have a reporter headed to the scene.

Stay with WCTV for updates.


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