Government following Florida murder case

The foreign ministry reports that it is continuing to follow the case of  Terence Valentine, a Costa Rican sentenced to death in Florida.

The foreign ministry, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, made the statement after Sandra Piszk raised the issue again in the legislature Tuesday.

Valentine was convicted in 1994 of murdering his ex-wife’s husband and trying to kill his wife in Tampa, Florida, in 1988. The wife,  Livia Romero, survived and implicated her former husband in the crime.

The couple had moved from Costa Rica to the United States in 1975, but they divorced in 1986.

The crime was unusually brutal. The husband, Ferdinand Porche, suffered a bullet wound that severed his spine. He then was dragged into the bedroom where he could see his nude and pregnant wife bound and gagged on the bed with her daughter, Giovanna, crying nearby.

The police at the time said that Valentine began to beat and systematically torture the husband. Then he took both to the countryside where he shot them, police said.

Later after his wife left the hospital, Valentine began to call her, and detectives taped the calls, which led to his conviction.

Since then he has filed a multitude of appeals, and all were denied. One still is pending.

Costa Rica presented a request for clemency in 2012.

The legislator, Sandra Piszk, heads the Comisión de Derechos Humanos. She said that Valentine did not receive consular assistance during his trials. In addition she said that there is a report that the man’s rights have been violated and that he suffered discrimination because he is black and a Latin American.

Costa Rica abolished the death penalty in 1871.

This entry was posted in Costa Rica News. Bookmark the permalink.