Circuit, Pasco County, Case# 83-1383CFBES
Judge: The Honorable Wayne L. Cobb
Collateral Appeal: The Honorable Maynard F. Swanson, Jr.
Trial: Howardene Garrett & William K. Eble – Assistant Public Defenders
Appeal: Robert F. Moeller – Assistant Public Defender
Collateral Appeals: Steven A. Reiss, Miranda Schiller, Erin J. Law &
Joanna R. Varon
– Counsel Pro Hac Vice
Date of Offense:
Carl Puiatti and
Robert Dewey Glock abducted the victim, Sharilyn Ritchie, then robbed
and shot her to death.
Ritchie was confronted by Puiatti and Glock as she exited her car in the
parking lot of a Bradenton shopping mall. The pair forced Ritchie back
into her car, then drove away with her. They took $50 from her purse
and coerced her into cashing a $100 check at her bank. They then took
Ritchie to an orange grove outside Dade City where they took the
victim’s wedding ring and abandoned her at the roadside.
traveling a short distance, the pair decided to kill the woman and they
returned in the car to her. Puiatti shot her twice. They then drove
away, but when they saw she was still standing, they drove back and
Glock shot her. When the woman did not fall, the pair made a third pass
with the car and Glock shot her again.
Four days later,
a New Jersey state trooper stopped the victim’s vehicle and found two
handguns inside. He arrested Puiatti and Glock on a weapons violation.
Police later identified the handgun inside the car’s glovebox as the
The next day,
Puiatti and Glock individually confessed to kidnapping, robbery and
killing the victim. The initial confessions varied, but on 08/24/83,
both men gave a joint statement in which they agreed that Glock
initially suggested shooting the victim and that Puiatti fired the first
shots and Glock fired the final shots.
Glock, II (DC#
For his role in
the murder, Glock was jointly tried with Puiatti. He was represented by
private counsel, Robert J. Trogolo. On 05/04/84,
received the death sentence for the murder and two life sentences for
the armed robbery and kidnapping convictions (CC# 83-1383). Glock was
executed on January 2001.
At the time of
the murder, Puiatti was on probation after being convicted of burglary
and introducing contraband to a county facility.
10/13/83 Indicted as follows:
I: First-degree murder
III: Armed robbery
03/23/84 Jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts of the
03/25/84 Jury recommended death by a vote of
05/04/84 Sentenced as follows:
I: First-degree murder – Death
II: Kidnapping – Life
III: Armed robbery – Life
Puiatti filed a Direct Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on 05/15/84.
Among several other arguments, Puiatti asserted that the trial court’s
failure to sever his trial from Glock’s denied his right to confront
Glock as to those portions of Glock’s initial confession which
implicated Puiatti. The Court affirmed the trial court’s conviction and
sentence on 08/21/86. The rehearing was denied on 10/28/86.
12/24/86, Puiatti filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United
States Supreme Court. The Court vacated the Florida Supreme Court’s
decision and remanded the case on 04/27/87.
remand, on 04/27/87, the Florida Supreme Court held that the
introduction of the individual interlocking confession of Glock and the
joint confession was harmless error, even if it was an error. On
03/17/88, the Court affirmed the conviction and sentence.
06/17/88, Puiatti filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United
States Supreme Court a second time, which was denied on 10/03/88.
Puiatti filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the Florida
Supreme Court on 10/17/89. Most of his claims involved ineffective
counsel. On 02/27/90, he then filed a 3.850 Motion to the Circuit
Court. After the Circuit Court denied the Motion on 04/27/90, Puiatti
appealed the decision to the Florida Supreme Court. Most of his
arguments involved trial court error. On 10/03/91, the Court
consolidated the opinion, denied the Habeas petition, and affirmed the
Circuit Court’s denial of the 3.850 Motion.
04/21/92, Puiatti filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus to the
United States District Court, Middle District. On 06/05/95, the case
was administratively closed. The petition was reopened on 03/16/98,
however was administratively closed on 07/22/02 and has been ordered to
remain so until Puiatti moves to open the case.
01/30/03, Puiatti filed a 3.850 Motion to the Circuit Court, which
was denied on 06/03/03.
Puiatti filed a 3.850 Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court on 07/11/03.
On 06/08/05, the Court affirmed trial court’s order denying his
successive 3.850 Motion.
07/19/05, Puiatti filed a successive 3.850 Motion to the Circuit Court.
On 09/07/05, an order summarily denied the motion and was signed by
09/30/05, Puiatti filed a 3.850 Appeal to the Florida Supreme Court,
which is currently pending.
On the morning of August 16, 1983, Glock and Puiatti
confronted a woman as she attempted to exit her vehicle at a
shopping mall in Bradenton, Florida, forcing her back inside her car
at gunpoint. As Puiatti drove from the mall, Glock took fifty
dollars from the victim's purse. Glock and Puiatti then coerced the
victim into cashing a $100 check at her bank.
With the proceeds of the check in hand,
the pair drove the victim across South Florida, eventually arriving at
an orange grove outside Dade County where they took the victim's wedding
ring and abandoned her at the side of the road. After driving a short
distance, however, the pair decided that the woman, if left alive, would
be a potential witness against them and that she therefore should be
Glock and Puiatti returned to where
they had left the victim, whereupon Puiatti shot her twice at close
range and drove away. Upon glancing back and realizing that the victim
had not fallen to the ground, Puiatti turned the car around. Glock then
took the gun and fired a third shot into the victim and Puiatti drove
away once more. When the woman still did not fall, Glock and Puiatti
made a third pass at which point Glock fired the shot that felled her;
she died shortly thereafter.
Four days later, Glock and Puiatti
were still in possession of the victim's vehicle when they were stopped
in New Jersey by a state trooper who noticed that the automobile's
license plate was displayed improperly. Neither Puiatti nor Glock was
able to present the trooper with a valid driver's license, so the
trooper asked to see the car's registration. As Puiatti opened the glove
box, the trooper noticed a handgun inside.
The trooper then seized the firearm,
and with permission from Puiatti and Glock, searched the vehicle,
thereby finding a second handgun. The officer arrested both men for
possession of two handguns without permits. The handgun taken from the
glove box proved to be the weapon used in the Florida slaying.
On August 21, the day following their
arrests, Glock and Puiatti made separate tape recorded statements to two
Pasco County, Florida, detectives, in which each confessed to the
Florida kidnapping, robbery, and killing.
In his statement, Glock recounted the
events described above, differing from that account in just two respects:
Glock claimed that Puiatti had suggested initially that the two men kill
the victim and that Puiatti had fired the final shot. Puiatti's
statement, given later that day, was virtually identical to Glock's
statement; not surprisingly, however, Puiatti claimed that the killing
had been Glock's idea and that Glock had fired the last shot.
Three days later, on August 24, Glock
and Puiatti gave the detectives a joint statement before a court
reporter. Puiatti spoke first. As Glock listened silently, Puiatti told
the detectives that "[Glock] said to me that he thought we should shoot
her ... [a]nd after going back and forth a little bit, I agreed, and
turned the car around." Puiatti then admitted to firing the first shot,
at which point Glock interrupted and continued the narration.
Glock reported, and Puiatti agreed,
that Puiatti initially fired three shots and that at least two of those
shots struck the victim, one in the right shoulder and one in the chest.
Glock continued, stating that he also shot the victim twice--once on the
second pass in the car and once on the third. Glock also confessed that
the victim collapsed after he shot her on the third pass. At the
conclusion of the joint statement, both men stated that they were in
"full agreement with each other as to the [joint] statement ... [and]
that the incident came down exactly that way."
Victor Carl Puiatti 2009.