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7/19/06 SAN AUGUSTINE, Florida

'I killed someone,' Xbox slay suspect wrote

"I killed someone," MIchael Salas wrote on a jail booking sheet, a guard testified. "I killed someone," MIchael Salas wrote on a jail booking sheet, a guard testified.
Jerome Hunter admitted using a baseball bat on which police found DNA linked to some of the victims. Jerome Hunter admitted using a baseball bat on which police found DNA linked to some of the victims.
According to testimony, blood linked to three victims was found on Troy Victorino's boots. According to testimony, blood linked to three victims was found on Troy Victorino's boots.

Michael Salas wrote "I killed someone" on a form requesting protective custody at the Daytona Beach jail August 8, two days after the bodies were discovered, jail guard Eunice Williams said.

Williams testified that when she asked him if he had any remorse, Salas replied, "No."

"He appeared to be joyful and smiling at the time," Williams said.

Prosecutors at the trial also presented DNA evidence, including blood from victims found on baseball bats that Salas and co-defendant Jerone Hunter admitted using.

Emily Booth Varan, a Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigator, said she used DNA tests to determine that a pair of boots had been worn by Troy Victorino, who police have called the ringleader in the slayings.

Further DNA tests showed blood on the boots came from Erin Belanger, Anthony Vega and Francisco Ayo-Roman, three of the victims, she said.

Victorino, 29, and Salas and Jerone Hunter, both 20, are charged with six counts of first-degree murder, five counts of mutilating a dead human body and other felonies. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

Investigators said Victorino became angry when Belanger took his Xbox and some clothing from her grandparents' vacant home, where he had been squatting. A group of people later entered a house where the victims lived, stabbed them and clubbed them with baseball bats.

A detective testified Monday that Salas and Hunter had admitted hitting some of the victims with baseball bats, which authorities found in a pond using a map from Salas.

Varan testified that there was a mixture of blood from Belanger, Ayo-Roman and Roberto Gonzales on one bat and DNA from Gonzales on another one. Two other bats lacked DNA evidence, and none had fingerprints.

Varan also testified that a broken knife found at the scene of the murders had a mixture of blood from Jonathan Gleason, Vega and Gonzales.

A fourth defendant, Robert Cannon, 20, pleaded guilty in October to all charges. But when he took the stand last week, he refused to testify and said he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea because he was innocent.

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