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Report describes how officer came upon scene of stabbing of sex offender

7-8-2004 Florida:

The stabbing of an 82-year-old sex offender was interrupted when police responded to a call about a plot to kill the man. David Powers, of 16 Daniels St., is in stable condition after being repeatedly stabbed at his home about 3 p.m. Sunday, officials said. Issac Seth Tate, 19, and Douglas Shawn Whitlock, 20, both of St. Augustine, were arrested on charges of attempted murder and home invasion robbery.

According to the St. Augustine Police Department's preliminary report, a call in the lobby reported information about a possible robbery and slaying. Officer L. Troscher stated he was getting ready to go home at the time. As he drove home, more information was reported about the men involved and the house's location. Troscher stated in a report, "I knew Mr. Powers to have been a child molester in the past and thought I'd ride by and see if I could see any bicycles outside."

When Troscher arrived at the pink house, he heard moaning. The officer ran to look inside. Troscher reported he saw two men holding an older man down in an easy chair while stabbing him. He called for back-up and grabbed at the locked screen door, he said. The officer punched the glass window of the door and entered the porch. The two suspects looked up and took off toward the back door. Troscher proceeded to kick the door open. Another officer arrived and they chased the suspects. ..more.. : by LORY POUNDER

Proceedings continued for men charged with attempted murder

7-19-2008 Florida:

Two St. Augustine men charged with home invasion and attempted murder in the stabbing of an 82-year-old convicted sex offender had their trial proceedings continued during a Monday docket call in St. Johns County Circuit Court.

Isaac Seth Tate, 19, and Douglas Shawn Whitlock, 20, have been held in the St. Johns County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond each since they were arrested July 4.

Police captured the men after they allegedly saw one of them stabbing David Powers, of 16 Daniels St., while the other one stood by.

Attorney Tyler Williams, representing Whitlock, said he was under the impression that a mental evaluation of his client had already been completed. It had not, he told Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Traynor in asking for the delay.

Traynor set a status hearing for Jan. 6 and asked Williams if he thought he would be prepared to go to trial in January.

"I'm actually anticipating a resolution in January," Williams said.

The docket call for Tate named his attorney as I.J. Wesley Ogburia, who was not in court Monday. His proceedings were continued until a Dec. 20 status conference.

A man reportedly came into the St. Augustine Police Department the afternoon of July 4 to say he had accompanied Tate and Whitlock to Wal-Mart earlier in the day so they could buy rubbing alcohol and latex gloves. The witness said the pair told him they were going to kill "the old guy" by having him inhale rubbing alcohol.

The witness also reportedly told police the plot came after a demand for sex.

Several officers went to Powers' home and reportedly burst through the door when they saw him being stabbed. He was flown to Shands Jacksonville hospital with a cut wrist and approximately eight stab wounds to the torso.

He survived his wounds.

Tate and Whitlock, both of 41 Lovett St., were captured after they fled Powers' house.

According to court records, Powers was convicted of two counts of sexual performance of a child in 1992, when he was 70 years old. The charges included having sex with a 14-year-old boy and possessing Polaroid photos of a child in sexually implied poses. ..more.. by RICHARD PRIOR , Staff Writer

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