Fla. justices question appeal in Xbox murders case

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Troy Victorino.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —

Florida Supreme Court justices are sounding skeptical about an appeal from the ringleader of a mass killing over an Xbox video game system.
 
The court on Thursday took up a case challenging the conviction and death sentence imposed on Troy Victorino.
 
Victorino was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with the gruesome beating deaths of six people in a Deltona home.
 
Victorino's attorney argued that testimony from an accomplice should be have been challenged by the lawyer who represented him at his first trial. He contended that this would have shown that Victorino was not the ringleader.

His attorney claimed Victorino was not fit to be the ringleader behind the murders.

"When somebody that is that old is hanging out with younger kids, it's not a sign that they're smart," said attorney Christopher Anderson.

But that assertion was questioned by justices.
 
Justice Charles Canady also said that it was unlikely that the actions by Victorino's lawyer at the time would justify throwing out the conviction.