A Florida man who represented himself and typically shouted his arguments at jurors was found guilty on Monday of killing his girlfriend and daughter and accountable for attempting to kill his own son. Ronnie Oneal III, 32, had especially supplied a rambling opening statement and closing argument where he denied wrongdoing from the 2018 murders of both Kenyatta Barron, 33, also Ron’Niveya Oneal, 9, nevertheless confessed to certain parts of the state’s case.
“I’d kill Kenyatta Barron, but I would like you to tell it as it’s if you’re going to let it,” he said, saying something which the prosecution would concur with.
Oneal beat Barron, killed her with a shotgun, also used a hatchet into slaughter Ron’Niveya, that dwelt with autism and was non-verbal, prosecutors said. The defendant set the home on fire,” they said.
“The defendant was only getting warmed up”
At trial, Oneal tried to convince jurors that 911 audio along with other evidence was falsified by law authorities. However, prosecutors introduced testimony of Oneal’s own son, that lived the gruesome assault.
The boy, who was 8 at the time of their murders, testified that his father stabbed him afterwards attempting to light him on fire. First responders testified the kid fled the burning dwelling suffering awful burnsoff, a collapsed lung, and that which was described as a gaping wound into his belly.
Oneal implied that the kid’s narrative was trained by law authorities, citing the fact that his son was adopted by an investigator on the case.
However, the kid was business in his accounts during the surreal cross-examination.
“Did I hurt you that night of the episode?” Oneal requested.
“Yes,” the kid said, delivering testimony .
“How can I hurt you?” Oneal said.
“You chased me,” he said.
Defendant Oneal was convicted of first-degree murder with a firearm, first-degree murder with a weapon, attempted first-degree murder with a weapon, first-degree arson, resisting an officer without violence, and 2 counts of aggravated child abuse.
He was briefly declared incapable in 2018 to face trial but was finally cleared to contest the charges .
The punishment phase of the trial is set to start Wednesday.
Throughout a pre-trial hearing May regarding his desire to go pro se, Oneal welcomed the potential for a departure sentence, according to The Tampa Bay Times. When cautioned by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Michelle Sisco concerning the possible consequences of dropping the case, Oneal compared himself into the rapper Notorious B.I.G. Sisco pointed out Biggie was murdered.
“Just like I’m going to be, correct?” Oneal said. “I was murdered a couple times previously. So I’m cool with being killed again and coming back just like B.I.G.”
Jerry Lambe contributed to the report.
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