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Vero Beach murderer dies on death row
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Posted: 2013 Feb 22 - 06:52

By Jessica Tuggle


INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- The state department of corrections has confirmed a death row inmate convicted of three murders in Vero Beach, has died while incarcerated.

Thomas Wyatt, convicted of killing four people in 1998, three in a downtown Vero Beach Domino's Pizza, died on Feb. 8 of undisclosed causes.

The state department of corrections does not disclose private medical information, such as cause of death, for inmates, office staff said.

However, the office could confirm that there was no indication of foul play in Mr. Wyatt's death, said Misty Cash, department spokeswoman.

Mr. Wyatt was assigned to death row in 1991 after being convicted of the murders of two male and one female employee in a Vero Beach Domino's Pizza and a woman in Tampa.

Mr. Wyatt was also facing sentences for two counts of robbery with a gun or deadly weapon, sexual battery, kidnapping, arson and grand theft of a firearm and motor vehicle.

In May 1988, Mr. Wyatt and another prison inmate, Michael Lovett, escaped from North Carolina to Florida and stole a car with a gun inside. While they were in Vero Beach, they entered the Domino's Pizza with the intent to commit a robbery. After money from the safe was stolen, the female employee, Frances Edwards, was raped and all three employees, including William Edwards, Mrs. Edward's husband, and Michael Bornoosh, were fatally shot.

The pair traveled next to Tampa, but along the way, their stolen car overheated, so they hitched the remainder of their trip. Mr. Wyatt met his next victim at a bar in Tampa. She was found dead the next day.

Mr. Lovett surrendered to police in North Carolina, while Mr. Wyatt was arrested in South Carolina on unrelated charges.

He was sentenced to death on Feb. 22, 1991 and Dec. 20, 1991.

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