Neo-Nazi says Nazi brothers framed him for murder
Neo-Nazi John Ditullio said that when he "first met" the Teak Street American Nazis in New Port Richey, Florida, he "was entranced by the glamor and theatrics of the brotherhood."
Ditullio, 23, is on trial for the early morning March 2006 attempted murder of neighbor Patricia Wells, now 48, and the murder of her son's friend Kristofer King, 17. Wells suffered multiple stab wounds to her face and arms during the incident. Ditullio faces charges of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
For months prior to the stabbings, the neo-nazi group that Ditillio belonged to expressed hostility towards Wells. Her son and his friends were openly gay and she had an African American friend who visited her.
Ditullio's defense claims that it wasn't Ditillio that broke into Well's home and that another member of the Teak Street American Nazis, wearing a gas mask, committed the murder and stabbings.
The neo-Nazi's compound consisted of a single-wide mobile home in the Griffin Park area of New Port Richey. Ditullio, as a recruit, performed chores for the neo-Nazi group that included yard work, guarding the front gate, and recycling the groups empty beer cans.
On March 22, 2006, Ditullio said, he spent hours doing yard work at the neo-Nazi compound, a single-wide mobile home in the Griffin Park area of New Port Richey. That evening, he and the other members cranked up their white supremacist music and began drinking whiskey. Ditullio was still charged with keeping watch at the fence, making sure no one came in. He was in and out.
Once when he came back inside, he said, he picked up his drink and tasted the familiar bitterness of Xanax, a powerful tranquilizer. He began to feel wasted and tired.
The members taunted him to stay awake, and he staggered back outside. There, he said, he saw group member Shawn Plott fumbling with the gate to get back inside.
"The expression on Shawn's face was he had seen a ghost. He was shaking. He wasn't there," Ditullio said.
Back in the house, Plott paced around and carried out a bundle Ditullio described as like a rolled-up sweatshirt with stuff inside it.
Another member told him something was going down.
" 'Everything you need is right here,' and (he) points at some guns," Ditullio said he was told as he fell deeper into a haze.
Plott reappeared briefly, he said, tossed a gas mask at Ditullio and took off.
Then, Ditullio said, he was alone. He didn't know what had happened next door.
His next memory was awakening to a SWAT team barging into the house, guns aimed at his face.
Jurors in the murder case of neo-Nazi John Ditullio began deliberating just before 1 p.m. today.
This morning, his attorneys called a last-minute witness who claimed another member of the white supremacist group admitted stabbing two people in the home next door to the Teak Street neo-Nazi compound.
Samantha Troupe said she was at the group's compound on Teak Street the night of March 22, 2006, hanging out and drinking. She wasn't a member but had lived there off and on since age 12 and ascribed to their whites-only views.
A year later, Troupe testified, she got a call from the girlfriend of one of the other group members, Shawn Plott, asking Troupe to babysit. Plott came home at one point, Troupe said, and they began talking about the stabbings and how it had ruined the friendships among the American Nazi group.
Then, Troupe testified, "Shawn said to me that he kind of feels bad because he did this, and he feels bad that a kid has to go away for this. But it's okay because he never would have made it as a Nazi."