Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the 2009 rape and murder of an elderly woman that shocked Florida.
A maintenance man sexually assaulted a 93-year-old woman before killing her, cutting her throat and leaving her half-dressed body on her bed for her granddaughter to find hours later, prosecutors told a Broward jury Monday.And for that crime, Elton Walters should pay the ultimate price, said Assistant Broward State Attorney Stephen Zaccor.Walters will spend his 67th birthday on Tuesday on trial for the Oct. 6, 2009, murder of Evelyn Norell, a resident of the Images condominium community where he worked on the 700 block of Northwest 108th Terrace in Pembroke Pines. He faces the death penalty if convicted.Norell’s body was discovered by her adult granddaughter, Jennifer Cunningham, one of the first witnesses to take the stand Monday for Walters’ trial. Cunningham said she paid her grandmother a visit because she was concerned that she was not answering phone calls.“I called out her name. She didn’t answer,” Cunningham said. “I proceeded to her bedroom, and that’s where I found her.”Norell was lying on her back on the side of her bed, a black slit visible on her neck. Cunningham said she backed out of the room, terror-stricken, and called 911. She could not bring herself to follow the 911 operator’s instruction to check for a pulse.The first officer on the scene confirmed what Cunningham already knew.