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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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Teen gang suspect gets 6 years for DeBary shooting

A 15-year-old Sanford gang suspect was sentenced this week to six years in prison for a shooting a DeBary man in a random attack last year.

Thallas “Thump” Inman entered a guilty plea to a charge of attempted murder on Monday, according to Volusia County Courthouse records.

The September shooting in the Parkview Heights subdivision sent the victim to the hospital and left him with a limp. The attack on Pine Springs Drive happened sometime before 5:15 a.m. September 22, 2016.

Inman, who was 14 at the time of the attack, remains held without bond at the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

He was also given credit for the 287 days he has already spent behind bars.

The victim, Kirk Thomas, told investigators he was about to leave for work when a vehicle pulled up behind him in the driveway and an armed suspect got out.

Thomas said he charged at the suspect when he realized he was armed.

Thomas later told reporters he was shot three times. He ran to a neighbor’s home and banged on their front door seeking help, according to an arrest report. Neighbors rushed to help.

The suspects drove away, prompting a search and investigation by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

At one point in the investigation, an acquaintance of Inman told investigators that Inman and two other alleged gang members had originally intended to rob a drug dealer, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.

But the drug dealer didn’t show up as planned.

So the suspects decided to find another victim, a report said.

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