• Grand jury indicts 4 on charges of Osceola shooting rampage


    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Only Eyewitness News was there when state attorney Jeff Ashton persuaded a grand jury to indict four people accused in this summer's Osceola County deadly shooting rampage.

    Channel 9's Tim Barber has followed every development of this major story since the deadly shootings started in June.

    He had an exclusive interview with Ashton at the Osceola County Courthouse.

    Ashton, state attorney with the 9th Judicial Circuit, said he's not worried about trying the case and running the state attorney's office.

    He said he has a team to help him balance the work.

    Behind closed doors, a grand jury indicted these four on heinous charges that shocked central Florida.

    Investigators say 15-year old Konrad Schafer and his friends took his dad's high powered rifle and went on a deadly shooting spree.

    Eric Roopnarine, 22, and 17-year-old David Guerrero were killed.

    "Do you think you have a real strong case here?" asked Barber.

    "I don't really want to talk about the merits of the cases because it will be subject to a jury trial at some point, and you know jurors should not be swayed by what we think of a case," Ashton said.

    The high-profile case will be Ashton's first since Casey Anthony and since he was elected state attorney.

    The four young defendants will be arraigned and appointed public defenders, then the case will be set for trial.

    "They are presumed innocent at this point and until the jury says otherwise they should be given that presumption," Ashton said.

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