Deltona mass murderer denied death penalty appeal

Troy Victorino led 2004 massacre of 6 in Deltona

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Troy Victorino.

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Supreme Court today denied an appeal from Troy Victorino, sentenced to death for the 2004  murders of six people in a Deltona home.

Victorino, 36, kicked in the door of the house on Telford Lane and led the slaughter of the six residents in a dispute, in part, over what he claimed was a missing X-Box game console.

The victims were Erin Belanger, Roberto Gonzalez, Michelle Nathan, Anthony Vega, Jonathon Gleason, and Francisco "Flaco" Ayo-Roman.

Victorino and codefendant Jerone Hunter received  four death sentences and two life sentences for the murders. Two other codefendants were sentenced to life in prison.

The Supreme Court had already upheld Victorino's convictions and death sentences, but he went back to the trial court and was granted a postconviction evidentiary hearing to argue why he should not have been convicted.

In February 2012, that circuit court judge denied his relief.

Today, the state's Supreme Court unanimously upheld that decision,  rejecting Victorino's arguments that his convictions should be overturned for a variety of reasons, including incompetent trial counsel.

Victorino remains on death row at Union Correctional Institution.

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