Konstantinos Fotopoulos was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the murders of Kevin Ramsey and Bryan Chase. According to court documents Konstantinos Fotopoulos was having an affair with Deidre Hunt. Kevin Ramsey would become the first victim to prevent him from blackmailing him over counterfeiting activities that Konstantinos Fotopoulos was involved in. The second murder was suppose to be his own wife in order to collect a large insurance payment. Konstantinos Fotopoulos would hire Brian Chase to do the job however when Chase shot Lisa Fotopoulos in the head she did not die and Brian Chase was then shot multiple times by Konstantinos to make it look like a robbery gone bad. Brian Chase would die. Konstantinos Fotopoulos would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death. Deidre Hunt was initially sentenced to death however her sentence would later be commuted to life in prison
Konstantinos Fotopoulos 2021 Information
|Name:||FOTOPOULOS, KONSTANTIN O|
|Initial Receipt Date:||11/01/1990|
|Current Facility:||UNION C.I.|
|Current Release Date:||DEATH SENTENCE|
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The mastermind behind one of Central Florida’s most bizarre and sensational murder plots has lost a bid to get off death row.
On Thursday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta overturned the ruling of an Orlando federal judge who offered Konstantinos “Kosta” Fotopoulos a chance to be resentenced for the 1989 scheme to kill his wife.
Fotopoulos, former owner of a Daytona Beach pool hall, whose plot left two teenagers dead, has few remaining avenues to get his death sentence overturned, said State Attorney John Tanner, who prosecuted the original trial.
“Bottom line: He’s still on death row and this eliminates one more legal hurdle to his execution,” Tanner said. “We’re certainly pleased with the federal decision.”
James L. Driscoll Jr., Fotopoulos’ attorney, said he was disappointed and that he may ask the appeals court to rehear the case or petition the U.S. Supreme Court to review it.
“We’ll consider all our options,” said Driscoll, of Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, the state-funded office that handles death-penalty appeals.
In 1989, Fotopoulos orchestrated an elaborate plan to kill his then-wife, Lisa, for $700,000 in life insurance, according to court evidence.
First, he videotaped his former lover, Deidre Hunt, as she tied 19-year-old Kevin Ramsey to a tree and shot him to death. That tape became his leverage to convince Hunt to hire 18-year-old Bryan Chase to kill Lisa Fotopoulos during a staged burglary at her home. Chase shot the wife in the head as she lay in bed. Kosta Fotopoulos then shot and killed Chase.
The wife, who has since remarried, survived but still has a bullet in her head.
Last year, U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell ruled in Orlando that the death sentence against Kosta Fotopoulos was unfair because prosecutors had presented two starkly different versions of Hunt’s role in the plot.
The appeals court ruled that presenting the different theories at Fotopoulos’ trial could have detracted from Fotopoulos’ defense. The judges determined that the former defense attorney had made a strategic decision, rather than performed incompetently, when he did not dwell on the different theories. The Florida Supreme Court had come to the same conclusion in its opinion on the case.
Deidre Hunt 2021 Information
|Name:||HUNT, DEIDRE M|
|Initial Receipt Date:||09/13/1990|
|Current Facility:||LOWELL ANNEX|
|Current Release Date:||SENTENCED TO LIFE|