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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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DeBary’s 2017 top stories: Irma, crime and medical marijuana

Crime, business and city government issues topped DeBary Life’s most popular stories in 2017.

Hurricane Irma

  • Hurricane Irma‘s impact, causing downed power lines and snapping tons of branches in September, also was a top issue for readers of the 4-year-old local news blog. The city’s rapid-response cleanup may end up costing local taxpayers $1 million, though city administrators pledged to get as much money from FEMA as possible.

Business, traffic

Hawthorne Landing makes big news

  • One of the biggest city-government stories this year was the September approval of a 289-unit apartment complex — the first project for DeBary’s transit-oriented development district. Construction on  could begin in spring 2018 with completion set for summer 2019,  said David McDaniel, president of Integra Land Development.  The project,  also called Integra 289 Exchange, is planned on 16 acres southeast of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Dirksen Drive on land commonly known as the Costa property.

Big crime stories

  • The fatal stabbing of Lisa Bresie in her Lantana Drive home and the November arrest of her former boyfriend, Anton Sanders, of Sanford.
  • Christopher Langer

     

    Also in November, readers on stories about Christopher Langer, who is accused of keeping bomb-making materials and bottles of urine in his parents’ home in Saxon Woods.

  • The arrest of DeBary resident Clay Curtsinger in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s ex in Orange County also was a top story.

More big city news

The approval of an ordinance in December allowing medical marijuana dispensaries under certain conditions in DeBary rounded out DeBary Life’s top 10 list.

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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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Clay Curtsinger update: Murder suspect from DeBary officially charged

Clay Curtsinger, a DeBary man accused in an Orange County slaying, has been officially charged with second-degree murder, records show.

Curtsinger, 47, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend’s ex-husband in a Lake Nona-area subdivision on July 7.

The Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office filed paperwork last week officially charging Curtsinger with second-degree murder.

That means, if convicted, Curtsinger could face life in prison as a maximum sentence.

Defendants convicted of first-degree murder in Florida could face life in prison or execution, though the current top prosecutor in that region, State Attorney Aramis Ayala, said in an unrelated case that she opposes the death penalty.

It’s not unusual for the initial charges recommended by law enforcement officials and the official charges filed by prosecutors to be different. In fact, prosecutors can change the charges, either upgrading or downgrading, depending on what evidence has been uncovered or is lacking.

The difference between first-degree and second-degree murder in Florida boils down to intent, the Orlando Sentinel said in an unrelated article.

First degree requires premeditation. Second degree is often seen as a “heat-o-passion” crime, the Sentinel said.

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.

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.

She said Curtsinger was at her house pressure washing her driveway.  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.

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