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nm 13CH 16A Sun-Sentinel, Sun-Sentinel, Sun-Sentinel, Thursday, July 16, 1992 PB Alabama parolee gets death penalty for Florida murder Anniston, Ala., police commissioner, commissioner, stabbed Pauline Pitts Casey Casey to death in August 1990 at Santa Rosa Beach, a resort com-, com-, com-, munity in the Florida Panhandle. The victim, a former nurse and Army veteran, had been kidnapped kidnapped from a tavern where she had begun working as a bartender. bartender. Her body was found in woods. Melvin also sentenced Suggs to 22 years for kidnapping and 12 years for armed burglary. The prison terms are to run concurrently concurrently with each other but consecutive consecutive to the death sentence in case it is reduced to life on survived her injuries and testified against Suggs. After serving only 10 years, Suggs was paroled in 1389. At the time of Casey's slaying, Suggs was living at his parents' beach home near where Casey was murdered. Suggs was arrested after investigators investigators found $200, the same a-mount a-mount a-mount of money stolen from the tavern, soaking in a sink at the Suggs home. Authorities also found a military military manual on the use of rifles, bayonets and knives, which included included photos showing wounds similar to those on Casey's body, at the home. A fellow inmate testified during during the penalty phase of Suggs' trial last month that he told him he didn't make the same mistake he did in Alabama because this time he "got rid of the witness." The trial was held in Milton, about 50 miles west of Defuniak Springs, because of extensive pretrial publicity about the case in Walton County. Alabama officials defended Suggs' parole after he was arrested arrested in Florida, denying that he received received special treatment. The Associated Press DEFUNIAK SPRINGS A parolee who killed again 13 months after being released from prison for an Alabama murder on Wednesday was sentenced to die in Florida's electric chair. Circuit Judge Laura Melvin followed a jury recommendation that Ernest Donald Suggs be executed. executed. He was convicted last month of first-degree first-degree first-degree murder. Death and life in prison for at least 25 years without parole were the only sentences possible. Suggs, 37, the son of a former Ernest Donald Suggs, the son of a former Anniston, Ala., police commissioner, stabbed Pauline Pitts Casey to death in August 1990 at Santa Rosa Beach, a resort community in the Florida Panhandle. appeal. All death cases automatically are appealed to the Florida Supreme Supreme Court. Suggs had received a sentence of life plus 30 years in Alabama' for the 1978 shootings of two Fort McClellan, Ala., soldiers who he had offered a ride. He killed Spec. 4 Leslie Hakes, 21, of Denver, but Kathie Robb Drayton, then a 19-year-old 19-year-old 19-year-old 19-year-old 19-year-old Army private from Saugerties, N.Y.,

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  1. South Florida Sun Sentinel,
  2. 16 Jul 1992, Thu,
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