Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blaine Ross re-trial scheduled for May

By Laura C. Morel
Crime & Immigration Reporter

Mark your calendars: Blaine Ross's murder re-trial is coming up May 14, according to the Manatee Clerk of Courts website.

Ross, 29, is accused of beating his parents to death with a baseball bat in January 2004. In 2007, he was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery and was sentenced to death.

He was the first person in nearly 20 years sentenced to death in Manatee County.

But the Florida Supreme Court later ordered that Ross have a new trial after "justices ruled that Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Detective William Waldron violated Ross’ Miranda rights by taking him through several hours of grueling questioning without reading him his rights first. Miranda outlines a person’s right to remain silent and to obtain an attorney," a 2010 Bradenton Herald article reads.

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Three dissenting judges pointed out that Ross signed a waiver of his rights just before confessing to the slayings, the article said.

Here's Ross's 2004 arrest report (to view in full screen, click on the toolbar's first button):

Blaine Ross PCA

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