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Florida Killer Zephen Xaver Pleads Guilty To 5 Counts of First-Degree Murder, Death Penalty Possible


SEBRING, FLORIDA — Quintuple murder Zephen Xaver has formally entered a guilty plea to five charges of first-degree murder in relation to a shooting spree that killed five women inside a SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

At the time of the Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, there was no decision yet made as to whether or not he would be facing life in prison or execution.

According to WTVT, the massacre took place Jan. 23, 2019 when Xaver walked into a SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida, and opened fire.

In a short time span, he killed five women: Marisol Lopez, Jessica Montague, Debra Cook, Ana Piñon-Williams, and Cynthia Watson. Four of the five women murdered were employees of the bank; one was a customer.

The killings were reportedly not a part of any robbery attempt — it was simply murder.

“We have no information as to what his true motive may have been,” Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said according to WTVT.

“We believe it was a random act.”

Xaver barricaded himself in the bank, but was eventually apprehended by police after a two-hour standoff, according to WTVT.

The bank never reopened. SunTrust reportedly had the building torn down five months later.

Sentencing may be pending, but one could argue that no matter what punishment is doled out, that punishment cannot possibly fit such an atrocious crime.


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