JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of Robert Earl Peterson.
Peterson was convicted of First Degree Murder and Tampering with Evidence in August 2009. He was sentenced to death for the murder of his step-father Roy Andrews, a retired Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office patrolman.
In 2005, Peterson lured Andrews to a local cemetery with the story that his car broke down near the grave of his ex-girlfriend. When Andrews arrived to help, Peterson beat and shot him.
The 48-year-old killed his step-father because Andrews stopped giving him money after years of supporting him.
Assistant State Attorneys John Guy and Rich Mantei prosecuted the case.