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[UPDATE] Tallahassee Woman to Stand Trial in Engineer's Murder

UPDATE 11-12-2010 8:57PM

A jury finds Latorya Pate guilty on all charges. Pate is guilty of murder and armed robbery of Robert Parkes.

Sentencing has been set for December 16.

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UPDATE 11-12-2010 5:33PM by Julie Montanaro

A jury has begun deliberations in a Tallahassee murder trial.

Latorya Pate is one of four people accused in the robbery and murder of Robert Parkes. He was killed in his own home in May 2009.

Jurors heard from detectives this morning who said Parkes was shot in the back with an AK-47 and one of the bullets even went through the wall of his home and landed on the porch outside.

The trigger-man in this murder has already been convicted, so a jury must now decide if Pate helped him commit the crime.

The jury started deliberating at about 5:15 Friday evening.

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UPDATED 11.12.2010 12:04pm --

A jury is expected to begin deliberations this afternoon in a Tallahassee murder trial.

Prosecutors were still calling witnesses this morning and the defense is expected to start it's case soon.

Latorya Pate is one of four people accused in the robbery and murder of Robert Parkes. He was killed in his own home in May 2009. Jurors heard from detectives this morning who said Parkes was shot in the back with an AK-47 and one of the bullets even went through the wall of his home and landed on the porch outside.

The trigger-man in this murder has already been convicted, so a jury must now decide if Pate helped him commit the crime.

Pate is not expected to testify.

There is a key witness on the stand now. She is sharing a series of text messages from the women inside Parkes' home to the men waiting outside.

The defense, of course, will contend there was no way to prove who was actually sending the messages.

Stay with WCTV.tv for details.
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UPDATED 11.10.2010 6:40pm by Julie Montanaro

Alexandria Ford took the stand Wednesday afternoon. She got a five year prison sentence in exchange for her testimony against the other three murder suspects.

Courts are closed Thursday in observance of Veterans Day.

Testimony will resume Friday. No word yet if Pate plans to testify in her own defense.

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UPDATED 11.10.2010 10:15am by Julie Montanaro

The robbery and murder trial of Latorya Pate is now underway in courtroom 3D.

Pate is one of four people accused in the 2009 murder of engineer and escort service owner Robert Parkes.

Co-defendant Alexandria Ford is expected to testify against Pate and prosecutors intend to introduce a series of text messages from the women inside Parkes's home to two men outside.

Trigger-man Tyreese Faust has already been found guilty of the murder and robbery.

There are 12 jurors and two alternates hearing the case.

Prosecutor Nate Prince claims the murder wouldn't have been possible without Pate, who Prince called "Faust's little helper."

Defense attorney Barbara Sanders contends there is no proof that Pate knew Faust intended to rob or kill Parkes that day.

Stay with WCTV for updates.

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UPDATED 11.8.2010 5:30pm by Julie Montanaro

Twelve jurors and two alternates have been chosen to hear the evidence against Latorya Pate.

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11.8.2010 10:49 AM --

Jury selection is now underway in the robbery and murder trial of 22-year-old Latorya Pate.

She is the second of four co-defendants to stand trial in the murder of Roberts Parkes, an engineer and escort service owner murdered in his home back in May 2009.

Trigger-man Tyreese Faust has already been convicted, co-defendant Amos Jenkins is slated to stand trial next month, and co-defendant Alexandria Ford has turned state’s evidence in exchange for a five year prison sentence.

Testimony in Pate’s trial is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 10th.

Stay with WCTV.tv for details.

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8.10.2010 5:45 PM by Stephanie Salvatore

Convicted killer Tyreese Faust showed no emotion as he was handed down a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Faust was convicted last month of the May 2009 murder of engineer and escort service owner Robert Parkes.

Parkes was gunned down in his Tallahassee home as part of a robbery plot.

Parkes' mother was in the courtroom and tearfully read a statement in front of the judge, and an emotionless Faust.

"He showed no remorse, nothing, nothing, nothing was there, nothing, just no feelings or anything, no remorse. Being able to come into the court, watch him see how he behaves, watch his mannerism and everything, he's cold, a cold young man," says Vivienne Cole, Parkes' mother.

Cole says the sentencing was fair and she didn't expect anything less for the loss of her oldest son.

Faust is one of four people accused of the murder, one turned state's witness and the rest have yet to stand trial.

Amos Jenkins has a competency hearing next month and Latorya Pate is scheduled to stand trial on September 20th.

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8.10.2010 2:36 PM - Tyreese Faust has been sentenced to life in prison.

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8.10.2010 by Julie Montanaro

A sentencing hearing for convicted killer Tyreese Faust is now underway at the Leon County courthouse.

Faust was convicted last month of the May 2009 murder of engineer and escort service owner Robert Parkes,

Parkes was gunned down in his Tallahassee home as part of a robbery plot.

Four people were accused of the murder, one turned state's witness and the rest have yet to stand trial.

Faust's sentencing hearing began at 2pm.

We'll let you know as soon as he is sentenced.


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