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Hotel Worker Charged in Killings

January 5, 2000

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A hotel housekeeper accused of killing five people last week was arrested in 1997 for a stabbing in Alabama but never prosecuted.

The district attorney in Mobile County, Ala., said Tuesday that a grand jury refused to indict Silvio Izquierdo-Leyva after investigators failed to get the victim and a key witness to testify.

Police said Izquierdo-Leyva, 36, fatally shot four co-workers at Tampa’s Radisson Bay Harbor hotel Thursday, then killed a woman in an attempt to steal her car. Three other hotel employees were wounded.

Izquierdo-Leyva is being held without bail on charges of murder and carjacking. A motive for the shootings has not been disclosed.

John Tyson, the district attorney in Mobile, Ala., said Tuesday he would resubmit the stabbing case against Izquierdo-Leyva to a grand jury next week.

Tyson said he had planned to defer the Mobile case in favor of the pending capital murder trial in Florida, but Tampa prosecutors asked him to proceed.

``They felt that it would be helpful to them to establish a prior conviction and a prior violent act,″ Tyson said.

Holly Winn, the wife of the Alabama stabbing victim, said Izquierdo-Leyva was one of her best friends before the attack. But looking ``dazed, not his usual self,″ he showed up at her home a week after she moved in with her future husband and stabbed the man repeatedly, Ms. Winn said. The man needed about 200 stitches, and his face and arms are scarred.

Tyson said records indicate his office repeatedly tried to contact Ms. Winn and her husband, Luis Gordillo-Leal, to ask them to testify but could not reach them.

Ms. Winn said she and Gordillo-Leal moved to Tampa soon after the stabbing but gave statements to prosecutors before moving. They have since moved back to Alabama.

Meanwhile, in Tampa on Tuesday, nearly 200 people attended a funeral for Dolores Perdomo, 56, the motorist shot in the botched carjacking.

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