Man found guilty of elderly woman’s murder 19 years ago will have his case retried

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — A man originally sent to death row for the murder of a 77-year-old woman will have his case retried.


Todd Zommer was arrested in 2005. Nineteen years later, a jury will decide his fate for a second time.

His defense team is moving forward and trying his case again to overturn his original death sentence conviction. The defense is asking for life in prison without parole.

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Monday, the state and defense met for a final time before jury selection and the beginning of trial, with Zommer present. He was seen dressed in gray with glasses and a shaved head.

Zommer was originally sentenced to death for the 2005 murder of Corrine Robinson.

He has been sitting on death row since.

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After his arrest, he did an interview with Channel Nine and admitted to killing the woman.

“Did you care the night you beat and murdered this woman?” a Channel Nine reporter asked. “No, not at all, actually. I’d beat you and kill you right now if I could,” Zommer replied.

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The defense is arguing Zommer did not act in a cold, calculated, or premeditated aggravating factor; thus, pushing their argument to throw out the death penalty.

Jury selection is expected to begin Tuesday at 9 a.m. The judge hopes to have a finalized jury picked by Friday, with opening arguments beginning on Monday.

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