Suspected Daytona Beach serial killer indicted on 3 slayings; state to seek death penalty

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Investigators announced Thursday that the man suspected in three slayings in Daytona Beach has been indicted on three murder charges and that they'll seek the death penalty for the suspected killer.

The State Attorney's Office said the indictments for suspected serial killer Robert Hayes were issued Thursday. He is accused in the shooting deaths of three women in the Daytona Beach area between 2005 and 2007.

Investigators also announced Thursday that another women who says she was victimized by Hayes in Volusia County has come forward with previously unreported allegations. Investigators said information from interviews with her will play a role in their investigations.


That same month, Palm Beach County deputies arrested Hayes on first-degree murder charges for the March 2016 death of Rachel Bey, 32.

Investigators said the investigation into a fourth killing thought to be connected to the other three in the Daytona Beach area is still ongoing. The four women's bodies were found 1 to 2 miles apart from one other in Daytona Beach and Holly Hill.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said Hayes has been indicted for the deaths of Julie Green, Laquetta Gunther and Iwana Patton. Capri said no DNA was able to be pulled from the fourth victim, Stacy Gage, who was shot and killed in 2008, so, as of now, the said the investigation into whether Hayes could be linked to that case is ongoing.

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