Grant Amato found guilty of killing mother, father and brother

Penalty phase begins Aug. 12

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – A jury found Grant Amato guilty in the murder of his father, mother and one of his brothers Wednesday night.

The penalty phase of the case begins Aug. 12

“We did the best we could with what we had,” Amato’s attorney Jeff Dowdy said.

Earlier in the day, prosecutors maintained that  Amato, 30, killed his parents and older brother because of a dispute over his relationship with a Bulgarian online cam girl, and then staged the scene trying to make it look like a murder-suicide.

Attorneys for the state and the accused began presenting their closing arguments around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. By 2 p.m., the jury had received instructions for its verdict ballots. 

Amato faces the death penalty.

During closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutors said there was no forced entry at the family’s home and that the evidence points to Amato.