North Florida Man Charged with Two Counts of First-Degree Murder

By: Kelli Kennedy; AP Email
By: Kelli Kennedy; AP Email

Miami, FL - December 4, 2011

Authorities say a North Florida man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after he told investigators that he beat a couple to death with a baseball bat and then photographed their bodies.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Saturday that 40-year-old Craig Arron Lede of Spring Hill is being held without bond. Authorities say he admitted killing 29-year-old John Ketsemidis and 28-year-old Dana Nelson at Lede's house on Wednesday night.

An arrest affidavit says Lede became enraged when Ketsemidis said he couldn't repay a debt. The affidavit says Lede "stated he photographed the bodies and intended to keep the picture as a trophy because he was tired of being screwed over."

Lede is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery. He is currently being held without bond.

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