April 15, 1998 |
Twenty years after he raped a California teenager, chopped off her forearms and left her naked in a ditch, Lawrence Singleton was sentenced Tuesday to die in Florida's electric chair for the fatal stabbing of a Tampa prostitute in his own living room. Singleton, 70, showed no emotion as he listened to Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham seal his fate in words laden with undisguised disgust.
February 26, 1998 |
Lawrence Singleton, who raped a California teenager and chopped off her hands 20 years ago, should be executed for stabbing a prostitute to death last year, a jury recommended Wednesday. Singleton, 70, showed no emotion as the verdict was read after an hour of deliberations. He was convicted last week of murdering Roxanne Hayes, a 31-year-old prostitute and mother of three.
February 25, 1998 |
Looking across a spellbound courtroom--and into a nightmare she cannot forget--Mary Bell Vincent raised one of her two prosthetic arms Tuesday and pointed at the man who raped and mutilated her nearly 20 years ago in California. "Do you see your attacker in the courtroom?" Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham asked Vincent. "Yes," she said, pointing with a gleaming metal hook that now serves as a hand. Lawrence Singleton, 70, seemed not to blink.
February 21, 1998 |
Notorious California rapist Lawrence Singleton was found guilty Friday of the first-degree murder of a Tampa prostitute, setting the stage for a dramatic courtroom appearance by the woman whose forearms he chopped off 20 years ago. Mary Bell Vincent, who was 15 when she was abducted near Berkeley, raped and left for dead, is expected to testify in Tampa next week when prosecutors ask jurors to recommend that Singleton, 70, be sentenced to death in Florida's electric chair.
February 17, 1998 |
Lawrence Singleton's lawyer acknowledged in court that her client--who chopped a California girl's arms off in 1978--took a prostitute home and stabbed her to death. In an opening statement aimed at keeping Singleton off death row, lawyer Jill Menadier said the crime was an act of a depressed and over-medicated man who got into a drunken struggle with Roxanne Hayes, 31.
December 12, 1997 |
Lawrence Singleton, who gained national notoriety for raping and mutilating a 15-year-old California girl in 1978, will be retried in the homicide of a Tampa woman beginning Feb. 9, a judge ruled. Jury selection was in progress when Hillsborough Circuit Judge Bob Anderson Mitcham declared a mistrial. He acted after a prospective juror said his face had been shown on television news programs against the judge's order.