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.
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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