A Florida man who represented himself in court and usually cried his disagreements in jurors was found guilty on Monday of murdering his girlfriend and kid and accountable for trying to kill his son. Ronnie Oneal III, 32, had especially given a rambling opening statement and closing argument in which he denied wrongdoing from the 2018 murders of Kenyatta Barron, 33, also Ron’Niveya Oneal, 9, but admitted to specific elements of the state’s case.
“I did kill Kenyatta Barron, but I want you to tell it like it’s if you’re planning to let it,” he explained, stating something which the prosecution could agree with.
Oneal conquer Barron, murdered her with a shotgun, also used a hatchet to slaughter Ron’Niveya, who dwelt with autism and has been non-verbal, prosecutors said. The suspect put the home on fire,” they explained.
“The brutal bludgeoning of all Kenyatta Barron was just the opening act,” prosecutor Ronald Gale stated in closings on Monday. “The suspect was just getting warmed up”
In trial, Oneal attempted to convince jurors that 911 sound along with other evidence was faked by law enforcement. However, prosecutors presented testimony of Oneal’s own son, who survived the grisly attack.
The boy, who was 8 at the time of their murders, testified last week that his dad stabbed him after attempting to light him on fire. First responders testified that the kid fled the burning home suffering awful burnsoff, a collapsed lung, and also that which had been described as a gaping wound to his belly.
Oneal suggested that the child’s narrative was coached by law enforcement, mentioning the fact that his child was embraced by an investigator on the case.
However, the kid was business in his accounts during the surreal cross-examination.
“Did I hurt you that night of the episode?” Oneal asked.
“Yes,” the kid explained, delivering testimony .
“You chased me,” he explained.
Defendant Oneal was convicted of first-degree murder with a firearm, first-degree murder with a weapon, tried first-degree murder with a weapon, even first-degree arson, resisting an officer with violence, and 2 counts of aggravated child abuse.
The penalty phase of the trial will be set to start Wednesday.
During a pre-trial hearing May regarding his urge to go pro se, Oneal welcomed the potential for a death sentence, according to The Tampa Bay Times.
“Much like I’m likely to be, correct?” Oneal said. “I had been murdered a few times already before. So I’m cool with being killed again and again coming back just like B.I.G.”
Jerry Lambe contributed to the report.
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