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The Encino Murders, Part 1 | 1

Felonious Florida

38:42 min | 2 years ago

The Encino Murders, Part 1 | 1

"There's a woman standing at a podium in a Florida courtroom across from the man who has haunted her thoughts for years. The left side of Camille Hamilton's face still shows the signs of our bullet entered near her cheek during a two thousand nine home invasion. Her eyesight and hearing will never be normal. Camille had barely survived the shooting, but others had not. Her teenage daughter died. So did her friend. And so did her friends teenage son. Now she's facing Kevin. Pratt, the man accused of the vicious attack. For nearly six years. This is the day. Camille has waited for. But it isn't going as planned. Instead of being sentenced to death, Kevin accepts an incredible offer ten years in prison. If he pleads guilty to the crimes. It's a stunning punishment for a man charged with murdering three people in cold blood. Camille is given one last chance to speak. She shouts at him demanding an apology. Team. Making. Kevin sitting in his striped jail. Uniform has a few words of his own for Camille. I didn't do it ma'am. Moments later, he's taken away to prison. And that's how the story ends with no Justice for anybody. How did it arrive? It's a perplexing conclusion. To find out our investigative reporter would have to go back to where it started to that August two thousand nine day when police found Camille on the front porch of Florida home hours after she had been shot. You're probably listening to felonious Florida because you're addicted to true crime stories. So am I? So you need to check out the weather channel's newest TV series called storm of suspicion. When it premieres on Sunday, October, seventh, it's unlike anything you've seen on the Weather Channel. Storm of suspicion has everything you love about your favorite true crime shows and documentaries. There's deceipt murder, mystery piecing together the clues, but it has a clever twist done in a way. Only the Weather Channel can possibly do a storm. A hurricane, in fact, did hurricane Harvey help solve a murder and how did a rain puddle ultimately lead to a murder conviction? Watch to see how weather can help suspects stay under the radar and also lead to their downfalls. Dr Elizabeth Austin, a world renowned for runs meteorologist will have you looking at crimes in a whole new way. She shows you how investigators can use mother nature to solve some of the most difficult cases. Storm of suspicion will be presented with limited commercial interruptions. Don't miss the series premiere on October seventh at eight eastern seven central on the Weather Channel. From the south Florida Sun-Sentinel association with one day. Welcome to season two of Florida's Florida. The podcast that leads you into the dark side of the sunshine state. I'm your host emma-kate Austin along with investigative reporter, Steven hops, and this is part one of the insane murders. The call tonight on one comes in a little before three PM. It's August seventeenth. Two thousand nine. A man on the phone tells the operator. His friend is on another line. She's been shot in the face when he first got the call from Camille Hamilton. He thought she was joking. The tour from Jamaica but had met in the United States couple years earlier through another mutual friend, they clicked and they spoke on the phone often using Jamaican patois, Camille like to shop and their phone conversations often centered around clothes and fashion the night before the nine one one call to its spoken briefly by phone. But there was a lot of noise in the background and Camille was busy. The frontal Camille to call him back when she was free. But she never did until Monday afternoon. Now holding a cell phone with Camille call in one hand and a second phone with the nine one one call in the other. The man urgently tries to relay information between the calls. Camille can barely speak. She sounds a week and is incoherent, and there are long pauses between her responses. My colleague, investigative reporter, Steven Hobbes describes the call his name one. So frustrating. So listen to because there's a woman who's been shot on the face and just how difficult it is for officers get the information. They need to find her. What is your emergency now, Camille, there's no rec- is she doesn't know the address of the home where she's at, neither does the guy the phone, but he knows that Camille is at her friend's house. Her name is faith guys been there maybe once or twice before, and he knows it's in the city of Miramar. Listen informed. A friend of mine on the phone. She sees incoherent implant, your friend. See, you know. What is the emergency. Okay. What what is going on with her. She was what. She was shot in the face. Okay. Okay. How did you don't know the address that I'll do, you know the side streets. So we jumps on Google maps scanning through areas in the city that he remembers, and somehow he's able to find the right home. And did that information to nine one one operators. Fear of clear. Avenue. Miramar of new and they wanna take NC the street and it's like Claremont take instill fear month for your month, see much of a new. A, I able. I am an t. I r. m.. A f- I've been Frank Fairmont avenue. Yeah. What's the other side street and seeing the street and see now. Encino. They will be. It'll be like. The other flow parts in the yard. That's the most. I can tell you at this point, it's about five minutes in, here's what we have so far and see no street in Miramar off of Fairmont avenue, not far north of the Miami Dade County line. It's the fifth house on the left. There's flowerpots, but it doesn't do much to reduce the confusion of the call. He tells them more. There's a big white car parked in the driveway, maybe mercury. And he says, there should be three other people in the house. Last night and MRIs, how come she's calling you now, what what's going on now? Like how. Roy. Gets. Yeah, she doesn't even know who shot her in the face. They will run. Is there any other victims in the house. Listen three, but I've come on this is where they are. Is there. Okay. And these are these are family members. What. Friend, a friend, so. Fairmont is less than a mile long, but police officers looking for the house need more information and the minutes just keep ticking by. The caller gives the operator meals name and tries to get Camille to describe where in the house she is. He tells Camille to stay calm. Help is coming. Then Nicole gets even more complicated. One officer wants to call the man directly. So he hangs out with the nine one one operator soon after that, another dispatcher calls back and the man asked for the operator who took the original call. Hi, this is about yourself three cheese woman call from this number. It seems upper it is. How long ago did you speak to that person? Okay. What was it about there? Is it end in minima. Okay. He's gonna ready? How can I help you, sir? Now it's more than fifteen minutes. They're callers. Frustration is growing as the operator tries to get more information this time about where he's calling from by now. He's just exasperated my friend is on the phone dying. He says, when you're asking questions about me. What the. One second. Miller no-go to see. Really. So you're in Lauderdale right? What is your address. Leading, you never met him. You know. Into question. She's uninformed. I in my address. Address so we can get it for their rations, sir. Hello. Hello. I'm gonna on the Eliza. Thank you. Drive down there yourself. Still searching for the right house and operator tries a different approach. Chicago text t mobile to see if they can trace Camille cell phone. But even though it's a desperate emergency, she hits a frustrating way. We're all used to. Hi, you've reached the law enforcement relations group or team mobile in order to focus upper arm reducing subpoena turn around time. We will answer general category calls between eleven AM. We had a female that called her friend. She said that she was rob last night, the hot shot in the face. She's on able to move. He can't remember her address. It's in the city of Miramar. We know so far and we have units all over the city looking for this house or get an address from that. Okay. All right. What I'm going to need from you is a, uh. Is a letter before I can release any information because the individuals not directly requesting assistance from nine one one. Just when it seems like operators have no other options. One of them actually gets Camille on the phone more than thirty minutes after friend I called. Hello. This is back shares office. You were shot in the face right. Yes. On the phone. Okay. Where are you. Commute can barely speak, and as you can hear it, it's hard times understand or the operator tries to get her to describe or she is then to go outside the front door were officers might be able to see her. Can you walk at all. Huh. Can you maybe see anything that you could tell us that address. You're trying. Okay. Where we have the paramedic sleet and free to or trying to find you. Okay. Are you walking right now? No. Okay. Where are you in the house? Don't steer those. You're downstairs right now. Yes. Camille somehow mixer way out the front door in the nine one one call you can hear officers in the background. He's there, try to yell to him. Okay. Peewit you. With you. Yep. Out here. Mccourty men's there with Camille. Hamilton finally found. Surgeon, David Wilson is one of two Miramar officers to approach the home on Encino street during the call. He's joined by another sergeant, Jeffrey Armenia nto, who's a swat team officer with the department army Anta was on foot looking for clues. Other officers. Wait on nearby Fairmont avenue. Armando thinks he finds the right home, but he's not sure the house is two stories, beige with pink trim. It's quiet with no signs of trouble. He walks around it and the only unusual thing as screen from back windows on the ground, a goal, Toyota Corolla sits in the driveway to the left of the house. The white mercury sable described on the nine one one call is next to the Toyota parked askew and over the sidewalk. The property backs up to a large pond. Many of the houses in the river on neighborhood do single family homes are packed tightly together along winding streets that often end in dead ends. In two thousand nine Miramar is a fast growing suburb of about one hundred twenty thousand people. It's in the far south Broward County. The city is closer to the Everglades than the beach, and it's marked by water ponds and small lakes alligator. Sightings are common sometimes even in a swimming pool. Miramar is diverse. Black people make up forty, six percent of the population. It's a destination for people from the Caribbean islands, especially Jamaica around eleven percent of people there say they're Jamaican flights from south Florida are under two hours, and that short flight is what brought Camille Hamilton and her daughter from their native Jamaica a little more than two weeks before the attack. It's a typical ninety degree August day under the Florida sun. When sergeant army anto gets the house number on insane, oh street, where Camille should be the doors closed and army. Anto doesn't want to knock. He doesn't know who might answer. So he goes across the street to find a neighbor just as he knocks on the neighbor's door. He looks back and sees Camille at the doorstep. She's wearing a Brown sundress and she's sitting on the ground leaning against the door, her legs out in front of her army unto an Wilson have to act fast, but they have to be cautious to if this is the woman who's been shot, who is the shooter and whereas the shooter. They approached the home protected by bulletproof shield, the order Camille to stand and walk towards them, but they get no response. She needs help on the officers need a plan. Wilson described their next move in a deposition. He gave later. Eventually we can tell the doors open doors open, right? So we, we devise a plan that myself and sort of the end basically bypass or go in the front, the win to the front of the house. Right? Ten sets the front of the house well of, I think it was a believe it was officer Donny and Marie, so I'm not sure right. He looked at my work anytime. Right. Safer location across the street. You say you bypassing you just kind of walk by right, right. Well, as you as, you know, obviously it uses she'll recovering as you walk up, you make sure the young. I mean, there's no other weapon or she never weapon or anything there. I, like I said, we didn't know we were walking into at this point. Two other officers reach Camille and check for a pulse. Dried blood covers a gunshot wound near her left cheekbone. She moans somehow she's alive. They lift her to their shoulders, rush who are cross the street and out of danger she's in and out of consciousness, but manages to give police one bit of alarming news. Her young daughter is still inside. And there are others. What would it look like? If we all listened more, this is Mikhail Austin, listening to audio books motivates us inspires us even brings us closer together. There's no better place to listen than audible because now audible members get even more exclusive fitness programs. Audiobooks audible, originals and more audible has the largest selection of audiobooks on the planet. And now with audible originals this election has gone even more custom with content may just for members every month. Audible members get one credit for any audio book. They choose plus to audible originals from a changing selection that they can't get anywhere else. You can probably guess I loved crime. 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There's a small hallway that leads straight ahead into the kitchen. To the left is the staircase leading up to the second floor to the right is the dining room. There's no movement inside the house, but there are some small signs that there was a disturbance here. There's money scattered on the floor inside the foyer, American Jamaican dollars, a gold color purse hangs personally office-mall table in front of the officers. Three officers stage right there basically door myself as me until begins sweep the house sort of counterclockwise motion. We went off to the right person that back. The the dining room. Okay. He got back down a little bit further into the house, and then me I had went to shield with the with the the three female officers. Right? And that's what he's spotted the projectile laying on the floor, the dining definitely. And being the tactical swat guy that he is, he made the determination plus a lack toback out of the house and reading for the situation as well. They find a bullet on the floor and the officers look up and see a hole in the ceiling. It could have been shot through the floor upstairs. The shooter may still be here somewhere in the house. Wilson army until and the other officers regroup outside of the home and call for the swat team. But if there are other victims in the house time is not on their side, somebody may need help. When they go back in, there are more problem. Signs, an officer notices a drop of blood by the door, and there's a foul odor. As Wilson and another officer watched the staircase army anto in to swat officers move through the first floor. Again, clearing room by room. Every corner is checked. They toss around maroon colored cushions, piled on couches in front of the television looking for a possible hiding gunman. But the first floor is empty. Armenta leads the officers up the stairs. It's six carpeted steps up. Then the staircase turns right and continues another night steps at the top of the stairs. They look into the first door on the left. It's the master bedroom and it's here police make the grisly discovery. Three bodies lay on the floor. Their feet are bound with duct tape to have their hands, bound and blood is everywhere on the door and the comforter on the nearby bed. Armenta also in a deposition describes what he saw. Lane under stomachs duct tape, the ankles, the risk of like obvious trauma to the head. There's blood underground leaders casings there looked like there were cases yellowcard your show. Now we're all like wind up in the bedroom or they were to the way they were laying or from what I remember and it'd be accurate. I'd like to look at some pictures when I remember my head, I believe there are two victims you walked in the bedroom door to victims right on the ground. I possibly their heads facing me that and then there was another victim, I believe, who's a young man of fifteen? I think he was kinda partially father This is sore and two teenagers, Davey and Bishop, and the key to Hamilton had been shot in their heads and we're dead. the scene in the house is horrifying, and the person who killed faith Davey and the escaped probably many hours ago. Police have a lot of time to make up. Miramar detective, Steve Toyota is in his office when he gets a call from his supervisor, he's told a woman had been shot and was on her way to memorial regional hospital in nearby Hollywood Florida. He doesn't know her condition or if she'll survive. It's not the first case for the forty year old detective. He'd been with the department since nineteen ninety three and a homicide investigator. Since two thousand four. He averages about ten cases a year, and he's a respected investigator before homicides. He worked as a narcotics officer and was named the city's co officer of the year and part for reducing drug trafficking in the city. Shootings are routine. But as he drives to the hospital, this case is about to become one of Toyota's biggest. Before he arrives, he gets another call. His shooting investigation is now a triple murder case. When he first sees Camille Hamilton, it doesn't look good. Toyota knows he doesn't have much time to act. He's had victims rushed off to surgery and never come back. He described those first moments in deposition and literally trying to poke my head is amongst the medical staff trying to get whatever information I can because. I can tell you my experience sometimes when the victims taken to surgery and they good ICU. And if if they don't come out. I don't have. We'd never have a chance to ask. His initial conversation with Camille was recorded. The audio quality is very poor and Camille voices week. She's barely able to respond, but in the recording, the detective can be heard, repeating what he thinks she says and pressing her for whatever information he can get a doctor at her bedside is heard. I. To what. Money, he wants money. Okay. He wants money for what. Wants money for what to try. One more time. Did he just wants money? He didn't say why. Do you know him? Who knows him? Who's he acquaintance? Friend? Why would he ended up at your house. Outside. I'm not understanding you, Camille. You gotta speak. Okay. Right. What. Fun. Okay. Hang on. You've outside taking some stuff from the car? Ten side credit. Okay. Well. One more time about goodness. I'm detective. Toyota wasn't getting much at one point. He waits she's taken away by medical staff when she comes back, Camille is now in the intensive care unit detective, Toyota questions for more Camille. Realize toilet again. Okay, I need you. I need more questions of very important. I don't wanna buddy too much, but if we can get tired away and get some rest. Okay. Camille was still weak and hard to hear on the recording. Here's reporter. Steven Hobbs, explaining what detective, Toyota learn from Camille at the hospital. Camille told detective, Toyota that should driven south from West Palm Beach. That's about fifty miles away from Miramar. She's gotten there the night before and she was unloading things from riccar when a man with a gun approached her, he was asking her for money. He forced her inside the home, and his face was always partly covered. He was black, had an American accent, but she didn't recognize his voice. She was with her daughter, NICKY, her friend, faith, and faith, son, David. But she didn't really know what happened to them. Does details where star for the detective, but there were still a lot of questions. Toyota asks Camille a few more questions that could help detectives. Even the tiniest bit of evidence could crack the case. Was he wearing gloves? She doesn't remember the detective asks again less than an hour later this time she says, yes, he was had he touched her. Camille says he slapped her. Did he touch anything else? Yes, he held her purse. It's black and it's in the house. A Miramar crime. Scene technician comes to the hospital using cotton swab and water. She rubs Camille fingernails for DNA. Camille is wearing a neck brace and using an oxygen mask. Her arms and legs are bruised. She has scrapes and blood on her knees, her clothes and jewelry are taken and stored as evidence by five fifteen that evening less than two hours. After Camille was found by the police on the porch of the Miramar home detective, Toyota finishes his last interview with her that day. It's his turn to head to the scene. Back on Sinoe street, yellow police tape stretches around the property, which is now a major crime scene detectives from the sheriff's office arrived to help evidence cones cover items in front of the home, a light Florida summer rain quickly comes and goes, officers are spreading out in the neighborhood, knocking on doors, looking for witnesses and questioning people who are watching the scene from the street. They're giving differing information. One neighbor says that he was ninety nine percent sure that the white mercury sable was not parked in the driveway at seven AM that morning. Another says she had seen it there around six AM. Others weren't giving officers much to go on. No one had heard gunshots and no one had seen anyone flee the scene. The first hours of the investigation aren't turning up much, but there was at least one thing to go on earlier that morning possibly around the time of the murders police officers on patrol had a chance encounter with a man who could be connected. They just had to find him, hey, guys, this is Kelly from the flowness Florida team. Have you tried blue apron that meal delivery service will if not, this is a great time to do it. Blue apron delivers fresh pre proportion ingredients and step by step recipes right to your door. 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Slash Florida, blue apron, a better way to cook. Around two fifteen AM on the day. Camille. Hamilton was found more than twelve hours before her call for help to Miramar officers are on patrol. Just west of Encino street. They spot a man walking the officers, make a u-turn and drive towards him. He's a black man wearing a great t shirt black shorts and black sneakers. As the two officers were turning the man sprints away. He crosses the road climbs over a metal railing and dashes through the bushes. He's heading toward an area that leads to a small lake. The officers call for backup and set out on foot with flashlights searching for the man. There's no sign of him. They look around the lake, but the only clues they find are Brown leather sandals and black sneakers. The time of that chance meeting could have corresponded with the time the Encino street victims were shot, and it was about a mile from the murder scene. But they couldn't find him. If the man was connected in some way, police would never know. Back at the crime scene officers look for clues outside the home, the Toyota Corolla parked on the west side of the driveway is registered to faith. Bisa sore faith is the owner of the home so that Toyota belongs there. But the white mercury sable parked at an angle and partially over the sidewalk is suspicious. The glove compartment is open and papers piled on the front passenger seat and on the floor. The car isn't registered to anybody who was at the home. So who's is it police trace the sable to a woman who lived fifty miles north in the city of lake worth Miramar detectives head to her home and speak with the owner and her daughter. They tell police that Camille Hamilton was working as a caretaker for the elderly mother. They say Camille had gone home to Jamaica recently, but returned on August first with her daughter and Akita. The elderly woman can't recall exactly what time she had lasting Camille, but she took her scheduled pills at about nine pm the night before. So Camille was there until at least then. The daughter says that Camille had used their car to run local errands, but it wasn't often and she never took it very far. So what was Camille doing with their car? So late at night and fifty miles away. The sable isn't the only car that's raising questions. There's another that is even more mysterious. On insane. Oh, street Roure sheriff's office. Detectives have taken over at the crime scene inside the garage. Detectives are looking at an expensive blue to dorm. Sadi's s. six hundred, but the cars unusual very unusual. In fact, it has double paneled glass windows and the doors are unusually thick. The lead sheriff's detective looks over. The car believes it's armored. But why did faith have an armored car in her garage. He calls in detective Toyota and they alert the bomb squad. The sheriff's detective looks inside but doesn't have it searched and doesn't collect any evidence from it. The car is a mystery and certainly unusual. Something else. Unusual is found this time outside the home on the grass. There are small, plastic Baggies often use for drugs drug sniffing dogs come to the scene searching the outside and the inside of the home. But nothing is found two people interviewed by police say they think the attack might not have been random, but no proof that the victims were targeted was ever found. The armored Mercedes, the plastic Baggies, detective, Toyota would later say he considered the possibility that the murders were drug related, but concluded that the attack was indeed random. Most of the other relevant evidence is believed to be inside the house where detectives are trying to make sense of what went on the night before it's overwhelming. The three bodies are upstairs in the master bedroom, but detectives discover a bullet and two bullet shells and guest bedroom to, and there are signs of a robbery, not far from the bodies purses are found overturned on the bed with their contents scattered a small black safe is set on top of nearby armoire and it looks as if somebody had been trying to open it. It's a complicated confusing. Crime scene and police are videotaping noting and photographing every inch looking for a significant clue. As the search for evidence stretches into days, there are far more questions than answers. The only person who could help piece together as an intensive care with a bullet still in her neck. Who shot Camille Hamilton and killed faith Bissessar Davian and Bishop and the Keita Hamilton. What police haven't yet realized that the key Twi denting suspect is hiding in plain sight. It sitting next to the bodies in the bedroom. Though it will be many months before it reveals its secret. It's a roll of duct tape and it contains what will become the most significant piece of evidence in the entire case. On the next up felonious Florida. The Sinoe murders, Camille Hamilton shares more about the fourteen unexplained hours inside the Encino street home. But our investigation reveals that her story was inconsistent over many interviews. She gave to police. Then after months of dead ends in the investigation police catch a break that holds more promise. They began to zero in on a suspect. Thanks for listening to this episode of colonial Florida. If you're enjoying the podcast, please rate us on apple podcasts and tell your friends about our show is available online at felonious, Florida dot com. Apple podcasts, one dot com or wherever you listen to podcasts, you can go online to see photographs video and read more about the cases were featuring felonious Florida dot com and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the loneliest Florida is produced by the south Florida sun sentinel. Wondering, the Encino murders was reported and written by Stephen hops, and I'm your host and sound designer indicate Austin our producers, David shoots and one or tak- editing by Randy were Guskey sound direction by Sean pits with additional recordings by Carleen. Jean courtroom. Mahdia was provided by w. f. o. r. CBS Miami. The felonious Florida team includes Lisa Arthur, Dana banker, Iran zoo, Danny Sanchez and Kelly fry. Hi, this is Stephen Hobbs. Local journalism matters support us by joining the Sun-Sentinel south. Ford is leading source of news information and entertainment, visit Sun-Sentinel dot com. Slash join.

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The Encino Murders, Part 3 | 3

Felonious Florida

56:47 min | 2 years ago

The Encino Murders, Part 3 | 3

"This would be Kevin Pratt's best alibi for the night. Four people were shot three fatally on Encino street in Miramar, Florida in August two thousand nine. But it was seven months earlier and more than three hundred miles away. On a Thursday afternoon in late January two thousand nine, Kevin's bloodied body, lay inside a bath and kitchen store. Jacksonville, Florida won a sheriff's deputy came upon him. His shirt off exposing wound caused by a bullet that had ripped through his abdomen. Moments earlier, he was going into a nearby apartment complex to meet a girl. But when he walked in an apartment guy pulled a gun on him apparently to rob him, there was a struggle and Kevin was shot. He made it a few hundred feet south of the apartments and into the store where witnesses said he wasn't telling the much about what happened and the gunman was never found. Kevin's gunshot wound was serious and he needed emergency surgery. He survived, but he would later tell detective that the injury led to months of recovery and continue to affect him more than a year later. So when detectives told Kevin, he was their prime suspect in the triple murder that happened seven months after the shooting. Kevin said it couldn't be him. He was still recovering from the gunshot and his body was too weak to pull off such an attack. He explained. How could he possibly have killed faith business or Davey and Bishop and the, he'd Hamilton. These. I got shot and strength. I don't know kill somebody killed three people that. Do that. But the detective weren't buying it. They were convinced Kevin Pratt, was the killer. Hi, this is mccade Austin, and I want to tell you about a better option for women who call her their hair for decades. They've had two choices. It was either the time and expense of a salon or outdated at home hair coloring products. 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If you think, you know everything about at home hair-color think again, find your perfect shade at Madison Reed dot com. Don't forget the promo code Florida. From the south Florida sunset, Nolan association with one dri, this is Loni is Florida. The podcast that leads you into the dark side of the sunshine state. I'm your host mccade Austin along with investigative reporters, Stephen Hobbs, this is part three. The conclusion of the Sinoe murders. Less than three weeks after detectives. I learned Kevin Pratt, was a possible suspect in the Sinoe street killings. They had his photo in front of the only survivor of the attack. Camille. Hamilton was back in Jamaica when Miramar detectives, Steve, Toyota and his partner. Hector, Bertrand flew from Florida to see her on the island nearly a year had passed since a mysterious gunman shot her in the face and killed her teenage daughter to others. The detectives hadn't had a suspect until now and they were wasting no time building a case. They brought six photos with them. One was a photo of Kevin from his driver's license taken seven months before the murderers. The other photos were fillers, five different black men all with various types of facial hair. This photo lineup was important and had to be done right. Camille would be shown the photos by Jamaican contractor for the US Marshall service. He didn't know which of the photos showed the suspect so that Camille identification wasn't tainted by any of his reactions and the procedure would be videotaped. So there was a record. It takes place in a bedroom. Detective, Bertrand is behind the camera. And the Marshall reads a script. He says, he'll show her each photo one at a time. Take your time. He tells her and he shuffles the photos. The first photo is of a man with a thin moustache goatee. She grabs the photo and studies it. She briefly looks up at detective Bertrand. Forty seconds go by. It sort of looks like him. She says. The Marshall holds the next photo close to Camille face. The man shown has a thicker mustache and a beard. Camille looks at the photo. Then back Bertrand. Bertrand tells her, we can't help you. Camille. This one looks like him. She says. The photos are shuffled again, and the third one is shown to Camille. It's of Kevin Pratt. In the photo he has a full beard that goes down his neck. He's balding on top and his hair is cut short on the sides, his front teeth on the top row or gold. Commu leans back and shakes her head. She looks back toward the camera. No, she says. She goes through the final three photos, no three times and the recording ends. The stakes were high for the lineup, and the detectives had tried to do it by the book. But reporter Steven Hobbs found that there were still concerns. A couple of shoes that come up in this video of this lineup. The first is detective Bertran. He was in the room when this lineup was taking place. Now, the goal of having that Marshall do the lineup is so that there might not be conscious or unconscious suggestion to Camille saying, this is who the suspect is or don't pick this person because it's not the suspect, and it's clear just from looking at the video that Camille is looking back detective Bertran seemingly maybe for help or with uncertainty about what's going on. And the detective even says, Camille, I can't help you. You have to do this. You know, from your own memory, she was there for at least the first two photos. It's not actually clear how long, but he testified later that he he did leave and he left the room during the lineup because he was concerned about Camille, constantly looking back at him for help. The other thing that we hear from just listening to this this video and watching the video is you can hear detective toilet in the background talking. He was talking with Camille, then husband and they were in kind of a living room area which is near where his bedroom was. The photo lineup was taken place. But one thing is you can hear the detective talking. So presumably maybe the other people in the room could have heard him talking as well. And he said on the video, there's no doubt in my mind that he did it. Sometime after the camera is shut off, perhaps five or ten minutes later, Camille shown another line of photos. This time is different. Instead of the Marshall showing Camille photos, it's detective, Toyota. And he knows who the suspect is. He shows her fourteen photos. Every one of them is a photo of Kevin Pratt. Detective, Toyota later testified that he didn't know why he brought the photos of Kevin, but he showed them to Camille because he wanted to make sure the investigation was on the right track. It was a decision he made on the spot. And detective. Bertrand never turned on the camera. Because he didn't. We don't know exactly what happened. Is Camille with show in the fourteen photos of Kevin. They were all driver's license photos that spanned a decade. This showed Kevin with varying facial hair, including some with a full beard. In others. He had a thin mustache or go t the also had different hair styles from bowl, too short according to detective Toyota's testimony. He asked Camille, something like this. He looked familiar. Camille picked one of the photos in it, Kevin had short stubble on his face and was wearing what looked like a skull cap on his head. So the photo that Camille picked was an old one of Kevin. It was actually from January of two thousand, which is more than nine years before the murders actually took place. The detective later testify wasn't sure if Camille new just because she kind of either indicated or pointed at this photo, but there was never any kind of conversation is to her recognizing that all the other photos were of the same person should just kind of seems like zeroed in on that one photo. So detective later said, he wasn't sure that she was even sure that these were all of Kevin detective. Toyota mentioned the off camera photo lineup in an affidavit. He wrote that Camille shown the array of driver's license. Photos of Kevin total later said that the reason to showed her the photos was just to make sure that the investigation was kind of going on the right track. He thought once she said. No to Kevin during that photo lineup, that there might not be another kind of I witness procedure again, why alive lineup or another photo lineup, too was concerned that a judge may see this and say that the live lineup could be tainted that they wouldn't actually be able to do. I've lineup because of the fact that he had shown her these fourteen photos later that night, the detectives had dinner with Camille and her husband. There's no record of what they discussed. But before the detectives returned to Florida, Camille told them she would like the chance to identify their suspect in person. A week after the trip to Jamaica. The detectives were ready to interview Kevin on August fifth, twenty ten nearly a year after the murders detective, Toyota, put out an alert to law enforcement. Kevin Pratt is wanted for questioning. He didn't have to wait long. Just before eight pm that day Kevin was spotted at a Sonoko gas station in Miami. A police officer wrote that he was asking people for money and harassing them. He'd been warned about loitering there before. So the officer arrested Kevin. Detective, Toyota was notified and two hours later. He and Bertran were sitting across from Kevin Pratt for the first time. Kevin didn't have to talk with detectives. He hadn't been charged. In fact, they hadn't even told him why they were questioning him, but he agreed to talk anyway and he did it without having a lawyer present. Detective, Toyota went over Kevin's rights. Then Bertran jumped in, hey, Kevin, he asked how long did it take you to grow your beard out like that? Kevin's facial hair wasn't important issue to sort out. Camille. Hamilton hadn't remembered her attacker having a beard. She said he had just a thin moustache, but when police had stopped Kevin twice just before and just after the murders officers described him as having a beard. On August fifteenth, about twenty four hours before the murders a Miami Dade County officer wrote the Kevin had a beard slash goatee. On August twenty. Third, six days after the killings an officer stopped Kevin. Again, this time farther north in West Palm Beach. He was riding a bicycle through alleys near a gym around noon. He said he was going to look at fish in a nearby canal. But an officer said he appeared to be looking for an opportunistic crime and stopped him for questioning. Kevin was wearing a t shirt cargo shorts and combat boots. He had gold teeth and he was wearing gloves. The officer also wrote in his report that Kevin had a full beard. Kevin's facial hair comes up again. And again, in this case, because one of Camille description of the perpetrator, having that thin moustache two of the fact that a waiter head of Toyota's said that it was unclear at the time whether or not ten had a beard when these murders occurred and three because as we can see about twenty four hours before the murders, she is said to have had a beard or go to buy an officer and then wasn't a week later six days later. An office in other officers says that he has a full beard while we one hundred percent sure what heavens facial hair was at the exact moment of this murders. He would have had to potentially shave his Goto or some of his beard and then how to grow into a full beard in the course of six days. Back at the interview detectives, Toyota and Bertrand continued question Kevin. They spent the next three hours learning a lot more about his life and finally revealed why they're there. He's a murder suspect. Felonious Florida is brought to you by simply safe home security. Simply safe is a fantastic security system providing great protection for your home, but before simply safe home security companies were getting away with the law. They were overcharging for outdated complicated systems and trapping people in pricey contracts that changed ten years ago when an electrical engineer named Chad Lawrence had a few friends who were burglarized they wanted to Curie, but there weren't any good options. So Chad started simply safe. He got rid of the hidden fees and contracts. He made simply safe intuitive and easy to use. 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He also had a brother, the lost him in a tragedy that made headlines in July nineteen eighty nine. His name was Tori. When Kevin was eleven, the brothers were swimming at a beach on Key, Biscayne near Miami. They were there celebrating cousin's birthday as they were being called to shore for the lighting of birthday candles water biker swept in and caused waves that overwhelmed the boys. Tori couldn't swim, Kevin grabbed him, but couldn't hold on. An article in the Miami Herald quoted Kevin. He swallowed a lot of water. He said. Kevin's little brother drowned at age, seven. Kevin dropped out of high school. In the tenth grade, he told the detectives, he worked in environmental cleanup and he was operating heavy machinery until the Jacksonville shooting in January two thousand nine. He had to give that work up after his injury. After he had been shot, he went to recover in West Palm Beach. It was at a drug program. He used to drink a little bit, and that helped him get in he said, but that's not why he was there. It provided shelter where he could recover from the bullet wound. Now without steady work, Kevin said he would sometimes offer to pump gas for people or wash their windshields for tips. MAURICE Inle. He said he'd been working at a dock in Miami. Detector Toyota would later note Kevin's financial struggles in an affidavit. His Bank account was overdrawn by few dollars round the time of the murders. Have you ever been to Miramar the detectives asked. Kevin said it had been awhile, but he used to have a girlfriend there and go to wash their clothes at a shopping plaza. But that was years earlier, maybe in the early two, thousands. Detective, Toyota points out that Kevin was stopped by an officer Miramar August two thousand nine. Yeah. I remember that. He said it was a little over a week before the murders on NCO street. Miramar officer had seen Kevin panhandling at an intersection in the city. The detectives wanted to know what Kevin was doing there. Just two miles from the murder scene. Kevin told them he was working for the homeless voice. A newspaper that's handed out on street corners across Florida, to raise awareness about homelessness heater in about forty to seventy dollars a day. Kevin said he was living in Miami at that time and didn't have a car on August eighth. He was dropped off in Miramar where he started handing out newspapers. The officer who didn't describe what Kevin looked like told him to leave Kevin said he did and hadn't been back to Miramar. Kevin wasn't able to give detectives strong alibi for the night of the murders. But by the time he was being questioned nearly a full year had passed. Detective. Toyota showed Kevin photos of the street home and the mercury sable that was at the scene, an pictures of the victims. It was nearly an hour into the interview, and they finally got to the point. It's been all over the news. They told Kevin. Three of the people in those photos were murdered. They asked Kevin if he knew anything about it. Kevin said he didn't. Toyota began to hint Kevin that they had found evidence that placed him at the crime scene. Their science out there that led us to you. He told Kevin. And there was, but it wasn't as strong as they were leading Kevin to believe. Less than a month earlier. The detectives had been told by both the DNA manager of the crime lab and prosecutors that DNA evidence that returned Kevin's name wasn't enough on its own to arrest Kevin. But if they had any concern about the DNA evidence, they weren't showing it in their interview that day. Detector Toyota is heard. I. Scientists told us that can't get in this on. Where you left your say, call evidence, but it's pretty compelling. DNA. Feel so much better. I mean. Just. You got to. Just make peace for them. Peace out Piedmont. She's a pastor founding church on she own troop. She's a passenger ch- offering a Trojan on Dan. I mean, these people do not a very nice people. I don't know people. People. I'm not saying you know them, and I'm not saying that. What they're tending on. Something happened at. Evidence tells us that you were there. Okay. I was saying you were there. Okay, that's. That's how that's how. That's why we're here. No, I can't. I can't say I'm nothing to sit up and tell you something about. Wasn't budging. He told the detectives about the shooting in Jacksonville that he said, left him too weak to have committed such a physical attack. Personally, I'm still slow from his gunshot didn't do everyday. Didn't I just hospital today. I have complications. This stuff is this is still volume. So you know ahead of surgeon key stuff to kidney and I'm gonna do with that. I'm doing this trying, you know, trying to get back together, you know, panel dude, I got pan, but you know, I didn't look call, wash, dude. I gotta do. I don't know about not about killing these people. I'm not finished him, which is. Did you know if you arrested forward in? I'd have to go out full it blue. Blue one restaurant person, but problem is you DNA is in the scene again. And again, during the interview, detectives tried to get Kevin to confess to the murders. They told them about the surviving victim and pushed him to confess for her done. I'll get into politics. You know, some if I did, but this is a whole different. This is a whole different ball game. This is not like a theft burglar. This is not. This is probably one of the hardest things ever to admit to Kevin. Let me ask you this. It down to it if I die. Kevin offered to provide more samples to be tested for DNA. But detective, Bertrand told him it's been tested and retested on with. I'm not in greeted with that. I was not what you said. I'm okay. And you know, for somebody to say, well, you know, willing to face the consequences, but in do it, nobody would be going to want to be punished for something in do. I'm trying to tell you that right now. Until iota told Kevin that DNA evidence is strong. We know that as this year's people do mistakes with his, his can make mistakes of identification. But when it comes to things like DNA fingerprints, those are those are all when we locate like building a good case, we have with down. Here's like I witness identification. Fingerprints DNA is the ultimate. Kevin's denials, never wavered, but after three hours he had had enough of the questioning. I don't have anything else to say he told the detectives and the interview is over. It was almost one in the morning. The detectives left the police station with little more than they had when they arrived. Later that day Kevin was set free. After their first interview with Kevin detectives were keeping their eyes on him nearly two months later after a court hearing in Miami Dade County, they followed him after he left the courthouse trying to find people. He knew it was a bizarre stakeout. So at this point, an investigation detectives or trying to talk with people, maybe new Kevin friends or people, he was staying with it, try to little bit with family, but weren't able to really much information. So they've one day decided to follow him outside of court, hearing his hearing actually got cancelled that day. And when he left the courthouse, detective, Toyota detective, Bertrand, we send other officer, they followed Tevin in their cars, different cars on March cars, just trying to see where he went to go talk to anyone. Was there any people that they could follow up with and try to find more information about Kevin? Did he ever say anything about the murders to other people that he wasn't telling the detect. Actives. Is really interesting is as they're following them in these unmarked cars, detective, Toyota waiter said that the reports were maybe he stopped and started stretching, and he would run or even walk. Aimlessly didn't seem like he really had a place that he was going destination that he was going in. This went on for hours and he didn't really go to any homes or talk with any people. So they weren't able to get much information about it. And the other thing was just he also appeared to have kind of radicals on. It went on for about seven hours. And Kevin walked and ran the streets of Miami without talking with anybody. Detectors had learned nothing. Well, almost nothing. Detector Toyota later wrote that Kevin appeared to be homeless. The detectives will try again months later to interview Kevin. It was March of twenty eleven and Kevin agree to meet with them. And again, didn't ask for an attorney, Kevin didn't budge. 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Kevin Pratt, was accused of punching a cop who had pulled him over for Radic driving. He was in a rental car and the officer said Kevin had a knife in the center console when he tried to take Kevin out of the car, they got an a scuffle Kevin was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. That was February twenty ten, six months after the Sinoe street murders. It took almost a year for Kevin to be sentenced for the incident with Kevin behind bars. New DNA tests were performed on pieces of duct tape that had been taken from the murder scene. An earlier test that had led detectives to Kevin proud was far from conclusive. It had found a mixture of DNA from at least three people on a roll of duct tape that was next to the bodies. Kevin couldn't be ruled out as one of them. With more advanced DNA testing an option. Miramar hired an outside crime lab in June twenty eleven. The new lab was sent a swab from the role of duct tape. The lab repeated the first test that had been done by the county crime lab, but it also did a second test. This one focused on y chromosomes those only belonging to men. The results took months. Meanwhile, detectives use the time to grant Camille Hamilton, her request to face the suspect in person. They would arrange a live lineup in front of her and they planned for a stunning twist aimed at getting him to confess. It happened on September eighth twenty eleven more than two years after the murders. Kevin was taken from prison in north Florida to a nearby county jail that had a live lineup room. A deputy from the jail ran. The lineup commute was read a script and like the photo lineup in Jamaica, it would be recorded on video. But reporter. Stephen Hobbs says, there were concerned with this lineup too. One. The things that's important in wine, ABS light. This is who's running it and do they know the suspect they're not. So the sheriff's deputy who was running this lineup was working at this. This jail is kind of a small county jail. And so he was aware of the other people who were with Kevin standing there during the wine, there was only about one hundred and eighty people at this county jail to choose from. So there's not a lot of people that shoes from that. Maybe we'll look really similar to Kevin just by comparison browertown either were about forty, four hundred people in jail at that time, which would have been a much larger population of people to choose from that would really similar to Kevin and how that plays out in this lineup is we see that there's a really big age difference in the people that are chosen to stand with Kevin. The six men are lined up facing the wall with their backs to Camille one by one they are told to turn to face her. Then turn left then right than back to the wall. Kevin, prod, number four. On the video, Camille is not visible as Kevin turns to face her. But the deputy running the lineup would later say that her knees buckled when she saw him the last two men face her. Then communities asked if she recognized any of them, she asks to see numbers four and five again. So they repeat the whole lineup, then they do it again. And this time they're asked to smile. Camille wants to see their teeth. She said, the man who attacked her had gold teeth on his bottom row. Kevin shows gold teeth, but he has them on the top and bottom. Six individuals orphan. Solve Mizra car, Camille pauses for a moment. Then stands up and softly says, number four, Kevin Pratt, the lineup lasted nearly twenty five minutes and was over. But the real drama of the day wasn't. The detectives had planned it for months. The first two interviews with Kevin didn't lead to a confession. So they tried an unusual tactic. The detectives had Kevin in an interview room after the lineup, and we're asking him the same questions they had asked over and over before more than forty, five minutes into the interview. The door opens and Camille Hamilton walks in. Own intrusive. This is Camille. She lived just. In their son. Remember who worse. Back was turned to the road. When you when you have. Money. Never. Don't get you. Detective. Bertrand urges Kevin to say something apologize. Camille pleads with him. For fifteen minutes. She goes on, but Kevin never says a word, Camille sorrow turns to anger. No. Camille is escorted from the room. Really. Hurt retail. No real. All. You have an opportunity. This is rare gift to make better would happen to rare gift giving you this gift take. Kevin doesn't take the offer, and the interview was over. He didn't have a confession from Kevin, but they did have Camille identification of him from the lineup, two weeks later, they would have something even bigger. Results from the new round of DNA testing by the outside lab came in on September twenty second twenty. Eleven. It was more than a year after the county crime labs, initial reports this Kevin's name, but wasn't conclusive. This time, the results were stronger. The report said the chance that the DNA belong to an unrelated person was one in twelve billion. The results were a dramatic improvement. Kevin Pratt, could finally be charged with murder. Camille, Hamilton, detective, Steve Toyota, stood in front of news, cameras. The case, it finally been salt. Kevin Pratt, was the ruthless killer. Toyota said there would finally be Justice for faith, David and Akita. The detective explain the DNA evidence at the press conference match so much that the chance of anybody being chosen at random one in twelve billion which is better than the world's population. Camille spoke about her confrontation with Kevin. When I saw him. I'd never forget what he looks like. Never. I remembering very well the case against Kevin, look strong. I'm happy that Justice is going to be done. The next week, the detectives from Miramar head to the prison in north Florida were Kevin's been behind bars. He's wearing a blue prison uniform as -tective Toyota read, Tim, the arrest warrant that formerly charges Kevin with the Encino murders. They give him one last chance to come clean. Side. Utah. One of the items that was us. The commission that's no mistake DNA. One hundred percent one twelve. Identifies you as a person. It's not a mistake, the victim coming in and identifying. Say you moving in that area right before, but lease. Say, you see how they are filing. You see skins. Stacked against you. Kevin continues to say, he's innocent then runs out of patience. Three council on. All star, the corporate CDs. You don't want disputed. Do that core. Kevin is through talking. He stands up and even though his hands are cuffed behind him, he opens up the interview room door and steps into the hallway. You're a coward Bertran says, and the door closes, so they don't have a confession. At least they're still the DNA. But the detectives were in for another disappointment. The state of Florida versus Kevin Pratt, began its years long March through the court system. The strongest piece of evidence against him was the new DNA test. But the understanding of DNA testing was changing and my twenty thirteen nearly two years had passed since the more conclusive test results. That's when the prosecutor Alberto rebus call the DNA analyst at the private lab to go over the results. Again. She took a look and what Tiffany ROY saw was troubling. The evidence had a mixture of DNA from multiple people, and new guidelines had been issued that called for a more conservative approach for this kind of DNA profile. Roy's first has had looked only at the DNA that was present. The new guidelines set analysts should also consider what parts of the DNA might be missing. So ROY said she felt obligated to bring up concerns about the results. There were low levels of DNA found on the duct tape, and she was less confident with the results than she was in her first report. So she issued a new one in June twenty thirteen in it. She said the DNA results were inconclusive. Kevin did have similar DNA to the DNA found on the role of duct tape, but she needed more advanced tools to analyze it. This isn't something I need to be ashamed about because this came about from advancements in technology. This is something that affected the entire field that we now understood that this data was so unreliable that we shouldn't be making interpretations because we can't be certain about what it's telling us. And so I felt like I could not go into court and say with with any level of certainty, you know that this person was included or anyone was included in that data given given the quality of that profile because now I know that. That wasn't applied properly. We don't know what the chances of a random person being included, and we don't know how common rare that would be inserted go into court and say that it was one in a million or one in twelve billion with the combined statistic is misleading in people. You know a now I knew that that was misleading in so I couldn't go in and present that into conscience as the years went on the questions about the DNA evidence against Kevin were never fully resolved. Meanwhile, Kevin's defense, attorneys pointed out other potential weaknesses in the case against him, like Kevin's fingerprints weren't found at the scene and they obtain handwritten notes from detective, Toyota, that reference conversations he'd had with Camille conversations that were not recorded. Those notes described times where Camille was shown photos early in the investigation before Kevin was a suspect she singled out to men. She said, resembled her attacker, but the detective didn't put that in his reports. Toyota later testified that he didn't consider those to be identification 's. But despite the defense's efforts to chip away at the case and the change DNA results, detective, Toyota state firm on Kevin's guilt. He believed the DNA found on the duct tape matched Kevin's. By twenty seventeen. The charges against Kevin proud were nearly five and a half years old, and the judge was expressing concerns. Bringing the case to jury was a problem for both sides. The prosecution had issues with its two main pieces of evidence DNA and the eyewitness testimony from Camille. But even though Kevin insisted he didn't kill anybody. He didn't have a great alibi for the night of the murders. It was a horrific crime, and he was facing the death penalty. The judge urged both sides to come up with a resolution. So that's what they did. On February twenty first twenty seventeen. They went into court with the deal. The state agreed to the minimum sentence for the crimes, ten years because gun was involved. And they agreed to credit him for the more than five years. He had spent in jails, his arrest. His sentence will be followed by fifteen years of probation. The punishment is a disappointment for Camille Hamilton and the families of the victims who believe Kevin proud was the killer and for detectives who spent years trying to solve the case. But the risk that he might go free and unpunished was too great. And for Kevin, the deal would mean he'd have to spend nearly five more years in prison when the judge asked him how he pleaded to the murder charges. Kevin pause for a moment before saying. Guilty. Camille step to the podium yelled at him for an apology and told the Judge Kevin deserve to be put to death. As she's escorted away, Camille said to Kevin, God is going to punish you. You may not be punished by the law, but you're going to be punished Kevin, Pratt. It's been a year and a half since the emotional Dan court. Sitting in her living room in Florida. Camille. Hamilton says it's hard for her to smile these days. Even when it happens, her thoughts return to our daughter, Nikita Hamilton. She still keeps a room for Nikki set up like she had it in her room in Jamaica. Sometimes she comes into the room and lies down and she talks to her daughter. In fact, she talks to her a lot when she's driving walking cooking, it helps her feel like Nikki still there with her. She writes to her in a journal to telling what's happened in the days that have passed since her death. Camille reminded of the horrifying night every time she looks in the mirror. The damage caused by the bullet to her face required surgery after surgery. She wants another to reduce pain and help resolve some of the damage done to her. I. In August, she went back to Jamaica to visit family and spend time with friends. Her face brightens when she reminisces about the trip. Until the grief returns as it often does. She fights it by keeping herself busy, working a lot talking to friends and cooking. Some day she wants to go back to school to become the bottom est or even a nurse. And strong tough. And that's what Niki would want to be a fight on a strong person. What do you do need for her. She was so sweet tension with strongly occur. She was so smart promise, sir. Scurr promise, sir. I'm gonna. Do the things that you. I'm gonna fulfill our dreams. Tried to do. Camille knows her statements were inconsistent early in the investigation, but she was on Aniston Zhen painkillers. She says her jaw was shot and she was grieving. And she says today, she is certain that Kevin Pratt is the man who shot her and murdered her daughter and friends. Even during the photo lineup in Jamaica, her mind still wasn't right. She says she was processing the loss of her daughter and the terrifying attack that night unin sina street. But today she doesn't doubt her memory. Kevin is one who take China life. My friend, a nurse leaf to die. Easel did that. And never forget talking to, you know, like talking to him. Is him he did it. When he tough into manna was enough, couldn't talk. My Moto was wired. I couldn't pronounce couldn't talk. I was out tiffy. In my position atlas may only child. Was there to income are Takemoto. That. I Smith think ever take no killed him. I should have to do. Why. The era when he said, man is not Mehan. I shut him up. I said, shut up. Don't tell it's not you. Why is not too many affect to the bar. So after. Three bargains plead guilty. He saw take it. Any sane matinees. I wanna walk rightful idea, had the chance to. Killing myself. Today, Kevin prot is behind bars at the Calhoun Correctional Institution about fifty miles west of Tallahassee, Florida. It's where he serving his ten year sentence for the Encino street, triple murder. Although he's never granted an interview in all of his statements to detectives, he steadfastly maintained his innocence. Pleading guilty. Let him the possibility of execution. I started looking at this case about a year and a half ago, and it was right after that point. Hairy. What struck me was that it didn't seem like any kind of resolution for this case. And as I kept looking into it and reading through court documents, I saw the underlying issues that came out in the years that this case was being investigated, and then went through the court system after an arrest. But I'm still always returning back to the question that I had when I first read the story about this hearing. Possibly guy in prison for a crime. He didn't commit. Or we have a guy in prison. For ten years. For comedian a horrible crime. Killing three people and almost killing a fourth. It doesn't seem it's any kind of resolution at this case, even though it's a closed case. These questions still remain. What's most concerning is that Kevin Pratt is the one who committed these crimes than somebody else did, and somebody else has gotten away with murder. Kevin Pratt is set to be released from prison on October seventeenth twenty twenty one. Thank you for listening to this episode of loneliest Florida. The conclusion of the NCAA murders. That horrifying crime took place in August of two thousand nine. Just two months later. Another baffling case landed in the same city. Next week we'll dive into this new case one that started as a simple disappearance. A woman had left a late night work shift and was never seen again. Her friends and family started revealing secrets that had police suspecting. Something violent had happened when mysterious text started coming in from her phone, they were convinced. So they try to simple, but unusual tactic. Something so unusual judge had to sign off on it. It was a dramatic amble. But if it worked, could solve the case. Listen next week for the story of the disappearance of suspense. Felonious Florida is produced by the south Florida Sun-Sentinel on. Wondering if you're enjoying the podcast, please rate us on apple podcasts and tell you friends about our show. It's available online at felonious, Florida dot com. Apple podcasts, one dot com or wherever you listen to podcasts, you can go online to see photographs video and read more about the cases were featuring at felonious Florida dot com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 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