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Clay Curtsinger: Murder suspect declared indigent

A DeBary man accused in an Orange County slaying last year has been declared indigent, meaning public funds will be used in his defense.

The exact cost of Clay Curtsinger‘s defense remains unknown.

Clay Curtsinger
Clay Curtsinger

A recent order from Orange-Osceola Circuit Court Dan Traver specifies that only “reasonable” costs will be picked up by the state.

Depositions, subpoenas and transcripts were approved in Traver’s Jan. 24 order.

Clay Curtsinger Indigent

The DeBary man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend’s ex-husband has estimated in court documents that his defense will cost $100,000.

Girlfriend’s ex killed

The 47-year-old has no income, court records say.

Curtsinger is accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s ex-husband in a Lake Nona-area subdivision on July 7.

Curtsinger remains jailed without bond at the Orange Couty Jail.

He pleaded not guilty.

Self-defense claim

Curtsinger originally told investigators he was defending himself when he fatally shot Jack Radke, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a report.

Curtsinger gunned down Radke, 48, with a Taurus 9mm handgun at roughly 6:30 p.m. Friday (July 7) on Budworth Circle in the Eagle Creek subdivision in the Lake Nona area, his arrest affidavit states.

Curtsinger, while driving a white Dodge Ram pickup truck, pulled next to a white Ford van and immediately shot the driver, Radke, the affidavit said.

Records say deputies didn’t find a gun in Radke’s van.

Records show the next court date for Curtsinger is March 27 for a status hearing before Traver.

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Clay Curtsinger: My defense will cost $100,000

Clay Curtsinger, a DeBary man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend’s ex-husband in Orange County,  estimated his defense will cost $100,000, records show.

But the 47-year-old has no income, the records say, so the state should pay for his defense, including his private attorney.

The motion to declare Curtsinger indigent is pending.

Meanwhile, a pre-trial hearing in Curtsinger’s first-degree murder case is scheduled for Jan. 16 before Orange-Osceola Circuit Court Dan Traver in Judge Dan TraverOrlando.

Curtsinger is accused in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s ex-husband in a Lake Nona-area subdivision on July 7.

Curtsinger remains jailed without bond at the Orange Couty Jail.

Records show he’s entered a written plea of not guilty. He originally told investigators he was defending himself when he fatally shot Jack Radke, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Curtsinger gunned down Radke, 48, with a Taurus 9mm handgun at roughly 6:30 p.m. Friday (July 7) on Budworth Circle in the Eagle Creek subdivision in the Lake Nona area, his arrest affidavit states.

Curtsinger, while driving a white Dodge Ram pickup truck, pulled next to a white Ford van and immediately shot the driver, Radke, the affidavit said.

Deputies didn’t find a gun in victim’s van

Curtsinger told 911 callers he shot Radke because he pulled a gun on him and was defending himself, the report says.

Deputies didn’t find a gun in Radke’s van.

Seven spent shell casings and the 9mm were found inside Curtsinger’s pickup truck. Radke was shot six times.

Radke’s ex-wife, Carla Radke, said they got divorced about four years ago, officials said.

She said she recently developed a relationship with Curtsinger, an old boyfriend, and they opened a joint checking account.

Pressure washing before shooting

She said Curtsinger was at her house pressure washing her driveway before the shooting.

At one point, Curtsinger left in his pickup, only to return a few minutes later to retrieve his concealed weapons permit from the wallet he left behind, the report said.

“Clay Curtsinger told Carla Radke that he just shot “Jack” and he left on foot towards Budworth Circle,” the affidavit states.

Carla Radke lives on Davenham Point, 240 feet away from the shooting site, records show.

‘Unable to sell’ Kentucky property

In an application for indigency in September, Curtsinger said he has a private attorney, David R. Damore of Daytona Beach, two defendants but no income.

He listed that he had some unspecified financial interest in an undescribed lot in Kentucky but he is “unable to sell.”

In a motion, his attorney said Curtsinger is unable to work and raise money for his defense because he is incarcerated.

As a result, Curtsinger cannot pay for such costs for his defense as witness depositions and therefore will be denied due process under the law without assistance from the state to pay for his defense, a petition from his attorney says.

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Clay Curtsinger case: Drop DeBary man’s murder charge, attorney says

Charges against a DeBary man accused of murder should be dropped, his attorney argued in paperwork filed in Orlando this week.

Clay Curtsinger, 47, is accused of gunning down his girlfriend’s ex-husband in a neighborhood near the Orlando International Airport last month.

Curtsinger initially told investigators he fatally shot Jack Radke on Budworth Circle in self-defense.

Deputies found Curtsinger’s gun but no firearm was found with Radke.

Curtsinger’s attorney, David R. Damore of Daytona Beach, filed a two-page motion to dismiss the case on Thursday (August 17). The attorney raised eight reasons for dismissal, including  “facts that support the Defendant’s immunity from prosecution.”

Damore filed other motions, including one aimed at tossing Curtsinger’s statements to investigators.

Curtsinger gunned down Radke, 48, with a Taurus 9mm handgun at roughly 6:30 p.m. Friday (July 7) on Budworth Circle in the Eagle Creek subdivision in the Lake Nona area, his arrest affidavit states.

Curtsinger, while driving a white Dodge Ram pickup truck, pulled next to a white Ford van and immediately shot Radke, the affidavit said.

Curtsinger told 911 callers he shot Radke because he pulled a gun on him and was defending himself, the report says.

He was originally accused of first-degree murder. The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office officially charged Curtsinger with second-degree murder.

People convicted of second-degree murder in Florida are not eligible for the death penalty. The maximum sentence for that crime is life in prison.

Curtsinger remains jailed without bond at the Orange Couty Jail.

Records show he’s entered a written plea of not guilty.

A pretrial conference in the case is set for Oct. 17.

Seven spent shell casings and the 9mm were found inside Curtsinger’s pickup truck. Radke was shot six times.

Radke’s ex-wife, Carla Radke, said they got divorced about four years ago, officials said.

She said she recently developed a relationship with Curtsinger, an old boyfriend, and they opened a joint checking account.

She said Curtsinger was at her house pressure washing her house before the shooting.

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