National Guardsman Acted in Self Defense in Fatal Stabbings, Lawyer Says
MIAMI (AP) _ A National Guardsman charged with fatally stabbing three people he met in a bar told police he acted in self defense and raped two of the victims, a newspaper reported Saturday.
Steven Scott Coleman confessed to police that he stabbed the victims but only after one of them, Ronald Quisbert, pulled a knife on him, The Miami Herald reported, quoting unidentified sources familiar with the case.
The sources told the newspaper that Coleman confessed to raping two of the victims after killing them, but that rape wasn’t a motive for the slayings.
Coleman will enter a plea of innocent when he is arraigned Oct. 13, Pat Nally, assisant Dade County public defender, said in Saturday’s editions of the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale.
Nally couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday. There were no phone listings for him in Miami.
Earlier in the week, police said Coleman, a six-year military veteran and Specialist 4th Class, confessed to the slayings.
He was being held without bond Saturday on three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of sexually assaulting two of the victims.
The victims were identified as Quisbert, 20; Regina Rodriguez, 15, and Andrew McGinnis, 22. Rodriguez and McGinnis had been sexually assaulted, probably after their deaths, investigators say.
The attacks occurred in a parking lot at Florida International University near the National Guard camp at Tamiami Park.
Coleman was in the area with Company B of the 53rd Support Battalion from St. Petersburg to unload relief supplies for victims of Hurricane Andrew.
The victims met Coleman at a bar near the camp early Tuesday, homicide Cmdr. Wayne McCarthy said. They agreed to go with him to another bar across town and drive him back to the camp, then they got into a fight, police said.