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Michael Spiegel Convicted in Fort Myers Beach marina Double Homicide

Michael Spiegel Mug Shot

Michael Spiegel Mug Shot

There was never any doubt that he did it, he was apprehended shortly after the crime splattered with the victims’ blood. However, Michael Spiegel’s defense at trial was that he was not sane at the time of the killings. The jury found him guilty in just a couple of hours.

Insanity is an affirmative defense, which means the burden is on the Defendant to prove that he was insane at the time. It’s difficult to do, especially when two people are brutally killed. There was evidence of a long history of mental illness, but the jury did not find it sufficient. The State argued that the steps he took demonstrated planning: which is indicative that he understood the nature and wrongness that he undertook. The finding today doesn’t mean that he wasn’t crazy, but that the jury wasn’t convinced that he was so mentally impaired that he did not appreciate what he was doing or that it was wrong.

There is a 25 year minimum mandatory sentence on the firearm charge. Due to his age, Mr. Spiegel will almost certainly die in prison, even if the judge doesn’t give him a life sentence.

You can read the standard Florida jury instruction on Insanity here.

Double-Murder Defendant claims Insanity Defense

Michael Spiegel Mug Shot

Michael Spiegel Mug Shot

Trial is underway on the Michael Spiegel case. Spiegel is charged with killing his ex-wife and her new fiance a couple days before their wedding. Since he’s 72 years old, Spiegel is probably going to be sentenced to the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted of any charges related to the killing. As Mr. Carpenter points out in the NDN article, it is extremely hard to convince a jury that someone should escape culpability with an insanity defense: they must have such a great mental impairment that they do not know what they are doing or cannot tell right from wrong. The James Holmes defense attempted this argument, unsuccessfully. The state is arguing that his pre-planning, google searches, and so forth demonstrate comprehension and understanding of the wrongfulness of his crime.

Previously: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/murder-suspect-caught-with-sex-aids/

 

Murder Suspect Caught with Sex Aids

Michael Spiegel Mug Shot

Michael Spiegel Mug Shot

In a creepy twist to a gruesome double homicide at Fort Myers Beach last night, the deputies say they found a vibrator, lubricant, and sexual arousal medication on suspect Michael Spiegel, in addition to a gun, bloody knife, zip ties and duct tape. Spiegel, 70, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of his ex-wife Marilyn Spiegel and her fiance Harry Carlip. The couple was supposed to get married tomorrow (May 17).

Deputies caught Michael Spiegel walking away from the boat where the couple resided, wearing a long trenchcoat and carrying a briefcase. Witnesses indicate he was at the marina the day before, asking which boat was theirs. The stove burners were left on, which started a fire that deputies were able to extinguish. Spiegel is being held without bond on both murder counts, plus an additional arson charge.

Coupled with the capture of most-wanted fugitive Wesnel Isaac, on the lam for seven years, Lee County may have picked up two death penalty arrests in one night.

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Wesnel Isaac Now

Wesnel Isaac Now

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