P R E S S R E L E A S E
May 5, 2016
State of Florida v. Christopher Richard Barsalou
2013-305849 CFDB – 1.) Second Degree Murder by Another 2.) Att. Home Invasion Robbery w/ Weapon
HHPD Case # 120004280
Date of Offense: 11/16/2012
Barsalou Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Att. Home Invasion Robbery – Faces Life
DAYTONA BEACH – A Volusia County Jury deliberated for just 30 minutes before returning guilty verdicts in two felony counts against a Daytona Beach man. Christopher Richard Barsalou, 35, faces a life sentence following a four-day trial. The jury, comprised of three men and three women, convicted Barsalou of Second Degree Murder by Another and Attempted Home Invasion Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, both life felonies.
On November 16, 2012, Christopher Barsalou and his accomplice, Sanlee Bennett, attempted to rob Jerry Stremovihtg and Kenneth Conley at a Holly Hill home with a stun gun, brass knuckles, and a tire iron. During the robbery, Stremovihtg fired several shots at the would-be robbers, striking Bennett several times. Bennett bled to death at the scene while Barsalou fled with another co-defendant. Bennett’s blood was found on Barsalou’s clothing and shoes, while fingerprints were pulled from the tire iron left near the scene. Due to the fact that a co-defendant was killed in the commission of a felony, Barsalou was charged with Second Degree Murder by Another, as well as the Attempted Home Invasion Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.
Assistant State Attorney John Reid prosecuted the case with Assistant State Attorney Michael Willard, both of the State Attorney’s Career Criminal Unit. Circuit Judge Frank Marriott presided over the case and will pronounce sentence at a later date.
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For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit
251 N. Ridgewood Avenue