Alleged murderer appears in court for 3rd time
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An alleged killer appeared in court for the third time to await trial on a triple-murder case that made headlines nearly two decades ago.
This marks the third time in 18 years that 39-year-old Seth Penalver tries to avoid death row in one of the most notorious triple murder cases in South Florida history.
Penalver was back in court Monday for a triple murder robbery caught on surveillance video on June 26, 1994.
On surveillance video a man's silhouette appears wearing dark clothes and holding a gun. Then, one woman runs into a bedroom as the gunman charges and strikes a man to the ground.
Penalver was 21 years old when he was accused of being the man with the gun. The second man seen in white on surveillance was 22-year-old Pablo Manuel Ibar. Ibar was convicted on his second trial and is on death row.
Penalver's conviction was over-turned on his second trial by the state Supreme Court because a prosecutor said his face was not visible on the video. "Those 22 minutes ended in a cold-blooded execution," said a prosecutor.
One of the victims murdered was the popular owner of Casey's Nickelodeon bar in Pembroke Park, 48-year-old Casimir "Butch Casey" Sucharski. Along with Sucharski was 25-year-old model Sharon Anderson and 25-year-old Marie Rogers.
Rogers was ordered to get on the floor next to Sucharski as Sucharski was beaten repeatedly. Anderson was then taken from the bedroom with a telephone cord wrapped around her ankles.
One of the gunmen is seen on camera ransacking the house. Then, after 10 minutes, Sucharski is then seen struggling with the gunman.
According to police, at that point, Ibar began shooting before Penalver finished the job.
"It's been a long hard road that you feel like we've got him," said Anderson's mother, Barbara Jones. "He's away and can't do any harm, and then they overturn the case and here we are again."
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