Son charged with murder in Ocoee mother's death, police say

Court papers: Mother was 'in fear of her life'

OCOEE, Fla. - Three people, including her 19-year-old son, were arrested Tuesday in the death of an Ocoee woman who previously had a temporary domestic violence injunction him.

Everett Pate and two others were arrested in the death of his mother, Rosemary Pate, whose body was found by police Monday afternoon at a home on Lancer Drive in Ocoee.

The injunction that Rosemary Pate had against her son expired just months before police say her son murdered his mother.

Everett Pate has been charged with first-degree murder and destruction of evidence. He's also charged with two counts of grand theft for allegedly stealing a car from his mom's house after her death.

Additionally, 19-year-old Haylie Ellis and 20-year-old Shakir Ricketts are charged with accessory after the fact and tampering with physical evidence.

Everett Pate was taken into custody Tuesday morning on unrelated charges. Ricketts and Ellis were arrested Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, Ricketts appeared before a judge and his bond was set at $5,600. Ellis bonded out of jail early Wednesday morning, while Pate is being held pending a first appearance.

Court documents obtained by Local  6 show Rosemary Pate filed for a domestic violence injunction against her son Everett in October 2012. It had since expired.

In the petition for the injunction, Pate wrote, "I consistently fear for my life based on my son's behavior and lifestyle."

She alleged that her son harassed and threatened her life repeatedly. In the petition, Pate also mentioned Everett was arrested as a juvenile for assault with a weapon and false imprisonment in 2010. In that incident she alleged her son held her against her will at knifepoint.

Pate also alleged that her son had a history of violence and drug abuse.

Other court documents show Everett Pate was arrested in September 2012, along with Ricketts.  Police accused Pate and Ricketts of robbing a man in downtown Orlando, but the state later dropped the charges.

"Rosemary was a person that was very involved in her community, in bettering children, in bettering the living conditions of many.  She was a great aunt and she will be missed," said Tiffany Kelly, Pate's niece.

Pate's death left neighbors in disbelief.

"It's hard to believe something like this would happen here," said Joe Jones, referring to his middle-class neighborhood.

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