January 30, 2004 |
On the eve of his 17th birthday, Lionel Tate came back to court to plead guilty Thursday to beating a playmate to death when he was 12, but did not respond to pleas from the victim's mother that he admit that the young girl's death was no accident. "This was not child's play. That was not roughhousing. This was a brutal murder," an emotional Dewesse Eunick-Paul told the court, eulogizing daughter Tiffany Eunick, 6, as "a beautiful first-grade angel."
December 20, 2005 |
Lionel Tate is competent to face probation violation charges that could end in a life sentence, a judge ruled Monday after two psychologists said the convicted killer was feigning hearing voices in his head. Tate faked mental problems after an older Broward County Jail inmate convinced the 18-year-old it would help his case, one of Tate's attorneys acknowledged. The other inmate, Sanders Hightower, wrote the letter signed by Tate that led to the competency hearing, Tate's lawyers said.
September 16, 2004 |
Lionel Tate, the teen sentenced to life in prison in a 6-year-old girl's death but later freed, did not violate probation because officers illegally searched him after his mother ordered him to leave their home, his lawyer said. At a hearing, Circuit Judge Joel Lazarus set a trial for Oct. 29 on charges that Tate, 17, had violated probation by leaving his apartment this month while under house arrest and carrying a weapon. No bail was set and Tate remained in jail.
March 10, 2001 |
A 14-year-old boy who said he was merely imitating his pro wrestling heroes when he killed a young playmate was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole--a fate that some jurors and even the prosecutor say is too harsh. Broward County Judge Joel T. Lazarus imposed the mandatory sentence on Lionel Tate, calling his actions "cold, callous and indescribably cruel."
January 5, 2004 |
A teen whose life sentence for beating a 6-year-old playmate to death was thrown out signed documents pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a deal that could get him out of prison as early as this month. Lionel Tate, 16, signed the papers at a maximum-security juvenile prison in Okeechobee, where he is being held in the 1999 death of Tiffany Eunick.
January 1, 2004 |
The mother of a teenager who received a life sentence for murdering a 6-year-old playmate has approved a plea bargain that could allow the boy to be released from prison in the next month, an attorney said Wednesday. Richard Rosenbaum, Lionel Tate's attorney, said the teen had been awaiting his mother's approval. Rosenbaum estimated Tate could be released Jan. 29. "Lionel Tate is ready to move on to the next stage of his life," Rosenbaum said.