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Man Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Lesbian Couple

September 12, 1996

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) _ After locking eyes with the man who put two bullets into her mother’s head simply because she was a lesbian, Lorri Ellis said she’s no longer afraid of him.

``He’ll meet his maker and that will be the end of it,″ Ellis said Wednesday outside the courtroom where Robert James Acremant pleaded guilty to murdering a lesbian couple in what he admitted was a hate crime against homosexuals.

Roxanne Ellis, 53, and Michelle Abdill, 42, were slain Dec. 4 after showing Acremant an apartment for rent.

A jury will be seated to determine whether Acremant, 27, gets the death penalty.

Though he has said he wants to be executed, and tried to hang himself in jail, defense attorney Ralph Monson said he will fight the prosecution’s attempt to have him sentenced to death.

Once a man with a steady job, Acremant quit to market a computer program but was running out of money and lost his girlfriend when he met up with Roxanne Ellis.

She was showing him an apartment in Medford, when Acremant bound her with duct tape and tried to force her to write him a check.

When she wouldn’t, he lured Abdill to the apartment and bound her as well. He forced them into the back of Abdill’s pickup truck, where he shot them each in the head with a .25-caliber pistol.

Since his arrest in Stockton, Calif., on Dec. 13, Acremant has admitted killing the women. Initially he told authorities it was a robbery gone wrong. He later said he had made up the robbery motive and said the killings were really a hate crime against homosexuals.

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