Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

Trial of man accused of killing family members begins Monday


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WHAT GRANT AMATO’S DEFENSE TEAM IS HOPING THEY’LL SHO DAVE: DEFENSE ATTORNEYS GATHERED UP AMATO FAMILY PHOTOS, FIGURING THEY MAY BE USED IN COURT IF THERE ENDS UP BEING A PENALTY PORTION. THEY WANT TO PAINT A PICTURE OF A NORMAL HOME LIFE FOR THE MAN FACING THE POSSIBILITY OF THE DEATH PENALTY IF CONVICTED FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE’RE SEEING THE AMATO FAMILY TOGETHER, ALBEIT FROM DAYS GONE BY CAPTIONS LIKE “LOTS AND LOTS OF SNOW AND FUN WITH DAD.” ALONG WITH “MOMMY LOVES ME.” 30-YEAR-OLD GRANT AMATO WAS ARRESTED TWO DAYS AFTER HIS PARENTS AND BROTHER WERE FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN THEIR CHULUOTA HOME. THE STATE SAYS AMATO HAD HELPED HIMSELF TO ROUGHLY $200,000 OF FAMILY MONEY TO FORWARD TO A WOMAN FROM BULGARIA HE MET ON — HE MET ONLINE, AN ADULT WEB MODEL. HE WAS TOLD TO STOP SPENDING MONEY ON SUCH THINGS AND WAS THROWN OUT OF THE HOUSE HOURS BEFORE THE BODIES WERE FOUND. >> SOMETHING HAPPEN. WHETHER YOUR DAD BLEW UP ON YOU, THREATENED YOU, PHYSICALLY HARMED YOU, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO CAUSE AN ALTERCATION. >> I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING AT THE HOUS DAVE: AMATO HAS CONSISTENTLY TOLD INVESTIGATORS HE’S NOT A KILLER. >> DID YOUR FATHER GO AFTER YOU AND YOU TRIED TO PROTECT YOURSELF? >> NO, I DIDN’T DO ANY OF THIS. DAVE: AMATO’S DEFENSE TEAM HAS CONSISTENTLY SAID THERE’S A SIGNIFICANT LACK OF PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM IN THIS CASE, WHILE THE STATE SAYS THE FAMILY TURMOIL BEFORE THE BODIES WERE FOUND POINTS TO GRANT AMATO. THE DEFENSE HAS DEMANDED SPEEDY TRIAL, SO THE CASE STARTS NEXT WEEK, LESS THAN 6 MONTHS AFTER THE BODIES WERE DISCOVERED

Trial of man accused of killing family members begins Monday

A local man accused of killing his parents and a brother faces the possibility of the death penalty if he’s convicted.If the Grant Amato trial ends in conviction, leading to a penalty phase, his defense team hopes to show family photos to the jury.They will use the photos if needed to paint Amato’s childhood and upbringing as normal, that the family was similar to most.Amato is accused of killing his family hours after he was thrown out.The state says he’d been stealing large amounts of family money and using it to communicate with a Bulgarian web cam model on an adult site.Amato denies killing anyone.His trial starts Monday.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —

A local man accused of killing his parents and a brother faces the possibility of the death penalty if he’s convicted.

If the Grant Amato trial ends in conviction, leading to a penalty phase, his defense team hopes to show family photos to the jury.

They will use the photos if needed to paint Amato’s childhood and upbringing as normal, that the family was similar to most.

Amato is accused of killing his family hours after he was thrown out.

The state says he’d been stealing large amounts of family money and using it to communicate with a Bulgarian web cam model on an adult site.

Amato denies killing anyone.

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