Louis Nunez and his lover, Amanda Ramsey, are in custody after they botched a murder attempt on Ramsey’s husband. The husband remains in intensive care following the attack on Thanksgiving. According to police, the two carried out the brutal attack with a sword, but it was foiled by a neighbor who alerted police via 911 after they found the man naked and bleeding stumbling out of his driveway. The two are being charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery and false imprisonment.
Below, we’ll take a look at what these charges will likely mean for the enflamed couple.
How the Police Will Approach this Crime
In cases like these, the police generally attempt to flip one lover against the other. They will likely tell a story about how Amanda Ramsey, who was 30 at the time of the attack, manipulated Louis Nunez into carrying out the attack against her husband. They will do this by offering Nunez a plea deal in exchange for testimony against Ramsey. In situations like these, it is typical for the defendants to then point the finger at each other and claim that the other was the mastermind behind the whole thing. So, in cases like this, the police will support the younger of the two in a bid to get the older.
Understanding the Charges
Florida Statute 777.04 makes it a crime to even attempt murder against another person. A separate statute describes the penalty for murder. In this case, first-degree murder is an intentional and planned-out act that results in the death of another person. When the attempt is made, but the result is a failure, the defendants are charged with attempted first-degree murder.
In Florida, there is no difference in terms of penalties between attempted first-degree murder and first-degree murder itself. The penalties for both are the harshest available under the law. This includes life in prison without the possibility of parole or, in some cases, the death penalty.
The prosecution will need to show that there was some attempt to plan, plot out, and then execute the plan. They will lean heavily on the victim’s eyewitness report and physical evidence in order to make their case. In a case like this, they do not even require very much physical evidence since the victim can speak on their own behalf.
Attorneys for the defendants will attempt to downplay the planning phase of the attempt in a hope to get the charges reduced to second-degree murder. This will not be easy with the victim’s testimony, regardless of whether or not the attempt was botched. Prosecutors may offer Nunez a lesser change for testimony against Ramsey, or, if they don’t need Nunez’s testimony to make a full case against Ramsey, they can nail them both to the wall using the victim’s testimony. In either case, the couple is in a heap load of trouble and may never see the light of day again.
The defense may also try to blame the victim by describing evil conduct and a desire to “get back” at him for cruelty toward his wife.