Death row convict Zane Floyd revealed

Lawyers for death row inmate Zane Floyd, convicted of the Las Vegas grocery store massacre, on Tuesday filed court documents detailing for the first time a request to commute his death sentence.

Federal public defenders for Floyd have argued that he suffered from brain damage caused by the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since his military service, and that he had suffered violent abuse from his stepfather when he was a child.

“Although Zane has committed an unspeakable act, he is not an irrecoverable person,” said the petition written by attorney Brad Levenson. “He didn’t choose to be born with FASD, he didn’t choose to be mentally and physically abused by his parents, nor did he choose to have PTSD.

Now 45, Floyd was sentenced to death after killing four people and seriously injuring another in a 1999 shooting against an Albertsons on West Sahara Avenue. Jurors in Floyd’s trial did not hear testimony about the intellectual disability caused by the alcohol use of his mother, who has since died, lawyers said.

A clemency petition that called for a hearing in September included more than 300 pages of exhibits and a 20-minute video featuring Floyd’s biological father. As of Tuesday night, Floyd’s case was not on the Nevada Board of Pardons Commissioners’ agenda for next month. The lawyers called for a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Tuesday he had not reviewed Floyd’s petition and could not immediately comment.

A jury convicted Floyd about a year after he shot four employees – Lucy Tarantino, 60, Thomas Darnell, 40, Chuck Leos, 40, and Dennis “Troy” Sargent, 31 – inside the grocery store. Zachary Emenegger, 21, was shot twice but survived after playing dead.

A former Marine who served in the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Floyd was dressed in military fatigues and armed with a 12-gauge shotgun hidden under a robe when he shot anyone he saw. he met.

Floyd was also convicted of repeatedly raping a woman at a guesthouse at her parents’ house before the shooting.

Right before the massacre, Floyd had taken methamphetamine and “suffered methamphetamine-induced psychosis,” Levenson wrote.

“For Zane, the entire episode can be explained by the training he underwent while he was a Marine,” the lawyer wrote. “Dressing in the military equipment, the camouflage of his shotgun with the bathrobe, the route he took to get to the grocery store, the loading and firing of the shotgun, his movements in the shopping and acquiring “targets” were all acts that were second nature to Zane due to his military training.

Floyd “came from a multigenerational family of alcoholics and drug addicts,” Levenson wrote, and his biological father left before he was born.

In the video, friends and relatives described Floyd as “gentle” and “carefree,” but someone who was also “very overwhelmed” before the murder.

His godmother, Carolyn Smith, spoke about Floyd’s change in behavior after returning from military service.

“When he came back he was calm,” she said. “The only thing he was talking about was guns. “

After Floyd’s conviction, his stepfather threw away at least eight military awards he had received, according to the petition.

State and federal court judges have ordered execution stays that have prevented the prison system from giving a lethal injection that prosecutors requested last month.

Meanwhile, the Nevada Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments regarding several issues in Floyd’s appeal, although no date has been set.

“To understand Zane’s life trajectory is to understand that he is not a danger to others, that he has great remorse for his actions, that he proudly served our country as a Canadian Navy. United States and that serving a life sentence is the appropriate sentence that should be imposed, ”Levenson wrote.

Contact David Ferrara at [email protected] or 702-380-1039. To pursue @randompoker on Twitter.

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