Robert Peede was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for the murder of his estranged wife Darla Peede. According to court documents Robert Peede would drive from North Carolina to Florida and would stab to death Darla Peede. Robert Peede would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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The evidence at trial established that Peede returned to Miami to convince Darla [Peede’s estranged wife] to go to North Carolina and serve as a decoy in an alleged scheme Peede had to kill his ex-wife [Geraldine Peede] and her boyfriend. Peede telephoned Darla and she agreed to pick him up at the airport. However, instead of returning to Darla’s home as intended, they mistakenly got on the Florida Turnpike heading for Orlando. As they left the Miami area, Peede pulled a lock-blade knife and inflicted a superficial cut in Darla’s side. Subsequently, outside of Orlando, Peede stopped the car, jumped into the back seat, and stabbed Darla in the throat. As a result of this injury, Darla bled to death. Peede was arrested in North Carolina before carrying out his scheme to murder his ex-wife, and he confessed to Darla’s murder.
After his trial and conviction, a jury recommended the death penalty. The trial judge followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Peede to death, finding three aggravating factors and one mitigating circumstance. The trial court found in mitigation that Peede was under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance, but attributed little weight to this finding. On appeal, this Court affirmed Peede’s conviction and, although we found that the murder was not cold, calculated and premeditated (CCP), we nevertheless upheld the death penalty.