Man who went viral for courtroom defense found guilty of double murder, attempted murder
"I have to tell you," said the judge to Ronnie Oneal III, "in another life you would have been an excellent lawyer."
Ronnie Oneal III, who went viral for his fiery opening statements in a Florida courtroom as his own defense attorney, was convicted of the murders of his disabled baby daughter Ron'Niveya Oneal in March 2018 and her mother, Kenyatta Barron.
Oneal, 32, was also found guilty of the attempted first degree murder of his son Ronnie, 11, who took the stand against his father and told him in his testimony, "You stabbed me."
"You are ready to believe my son, whose statements are suddenly contradicting himself because he was adopted by a detective who worked on this case," said Oneal in his closing statement to the jury. "He had no place in an open and pending case."
Ronnie Oneal III, who went viral for his fiery opening statements as his own defense attorney, was convicted of the murder of his daughter and her mother and the attempted murder of his son. (WFLA)
In the tragic, brutal case, Oneal allegedly wounded Barron with a shotgun and then beat her to death with a gun. He then reportedly used a hatchet to kill his 9-year-old daughter in an attempt to kill his then 8-year-old son. He then set the family home on fire. The boy survived the incident and testified in court that he witnessed the entire ordeal.
In his closing statements, Oneal admitted killing Barron and said, "I want you to know the real facts," he told the jury, claiming he did so after she murdered her little girl and tried her Killing son. Then he turned to the prosecutors and said, “I killed Kenyatta Barron. But I want you to tell it the way it is when you tell it. "
Often used profanity in his closing statements, Oneal was admonished by Hillsborough Circuit judge Michelle Sisco - who also took the time to commend him for his efforts in self-defense. "I have to tell you," she told him, "in another life you would have been an excellent lawyer."
Prosecutor Ronald Gale told the jury that the case was a very emotional one and that "the evidence and testimony has been alternately cruel and worrying and just heartbreaking."
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After Oneal was found guilty of two cases of first degree murder, once of attempted first degree murder, twice of grave child molestation, once of arson, and once of nonviolent resistance to a law enforcement officer, the jury will meet again later this week to offer recommendations for sentencing . Oneal could face life imprisonment or the death penalty.
"These murders are among the cruelest and vicious our community has ever seen," Hillsborough District Attorney Andrew Warren told ABC 7. "Sitting in the courtroom with the victims' families, hearing the screams of a mother who Seeing horrific pictures of their daughter - It's hard to see how anyone could do something so barbaric. His sentence - his life - is now sitting with a jury of his colleagues, as it should be. "
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