Florida Supreme Court questions appeal in Xbox murders case

Troy Victorino sentenced to death in 2004 mass killing case

Published On: May 09 2013 06:14:11 AM EDT   Updated On: May 09 2013 11:58:01 AM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Supreme Court justices are sounding skeptical about an appeal from the ringleader of a mass killing over an Xbox video game system.

The court on Thursday took up a case challenging the conviction and death sentence imposed on Troy Victorino.

Victorino was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the gruesome beating deaths of six people in a vacant house in Deltona.

Victorino's attorney argued that testimony from an accomplice should be have been challenged by the lawyer who represented him at his first trial. He contended that this would have shown that Victorino was not the ringleader.

But that assertion was questioned by justices.

Justice Charles Canady also said that it was unlikely that the actions by Victorino's lawyer at the time would justify throwing out the conviction.