It took months of investigation and evidence gathering, but the New Port Richie community in the Sunshine State have finally gotten their man. Actually, they had him all the time. John Ditullio has been indicted for the murder of Kristofer King and the attempted murder of Patricia Wells.
We brought you this story as it was unfolding and have been anxiously awaiting a resolution in this heinous crime. Who can forget the pictures of Patricia Wells, her face and arms scarred, bandaged, and bleeding as she told reporters what had transpired in her trailer late one Spring night?
As the racists went into their usual throes of denial, they cried foul and postulated a host of scenarios that did not include the skinhead crew of neo-Nazi's who waged a reign of terror against Wells and her neighbors. Sorry guys - the Grand Jury returned their indictment and the sickening scum-bag that you so wanted to protect is now going down.
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Neo-Nazi is indicted in attack
He will face charges in the stabbing of a woman and the killing of her son's 17-year-old friend.
By JAMAL THALJI, Times Staff Writer
Published October 25, 2006
NEW PORT RICHEY - Blood. Honor. Loyalty. Recruits of the Teak Street neo-Nazis wore red T-shirts bearing those words.
John Ditullio wore his as a SWAT team led him out of the group's swastika-covered clubhouse March 23. Authorities were investigating a brutal attack next door: a masked, knife-wielding man broke in, slashing at those inside. Patricia Wells survived. Kristofer King, 17, did not.
In jail, Ditullio told the St. Petersburg Times he was loyal to his fellow white supremacists - then blamed one of them for attacking the neighbors. He said this neo-Nazi even confessed, "I've taken care of them forever."
But now it is Ditullio who stands accused.
A grand jury indicted the 20-year-old New Port Richey man Tuesday after hearing the state's evidence in secret proceedings.
"We are glad that enough evidence was gathered to indict John Ditullio for the murder of ... Kristofer King, and when convicted, may the wrath of God fall upon him," King's family said in a written statement.
The indictment on first-degree murder and attempted murder charges is under seal until the defendant is served in the Pasco County jail.
But Chief Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bartlett confirmed the indictment was against Ditullio, finally putting a name to the mystery surrounding one of Pasco's most infamous crimes.
Wells, 44, and King's mother, Charlene, hadn't seen each other since the attack. Outside the courtroom, they embraced.
"It was very emotional for both of us," Wells said. "I can't fathom the pain she's going through."
Wells said the neo-Nazis had terrorized her ever since she moved in, set off by the fact that she was often visited by a black acquaintance. It appears King, a friend of Wells' son Brandon Wininger, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
King's parents believe Ditullio mistook their son for Wininger. He lives out of state now, still in fear of the Teak Street neo-Nazis. Earlier this month, he and his mother testified in the trial of neo-Nazi leader Brian "Zero" Buckley, who was convicted in an attack on Wells' home days before the murder.
The state has DNA evidence linking Ditullio to the March 23 attack, Bartlett said.
"We indicted the person we feel is responsible," he said.
Ditullio is already charged with aggravated domestic battery, witness tampering and assault for a Feb. 20 attack on his ex-girlfriend at the neo-Nazi clubhouse. Authorities say Ditullio beat her and held a knife to her face. Ditullio is being held without bail at the Pasco County jail.
The American Nazi sect he belonged to was shattered after the stabbing. Four members were arrested. One is now serving a prison term and another, Buckley, awaits sentencing. It's still a group, but its remnants are scattered around Hudson.
"They've been fragmented and they're laying low in individual houses," said Pasco Sheriff's Lt. Robert Sullivan, who leads the intelligence unit.
What's left of the Teak Street neo-Nazis has been laying low since that March day.
"I think they realize we know who they are," Sullivan said, "and we're on top of their movements."
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Neo-Nazi to represent himself
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Ditullio appeared in court Thursday.
A 20-year-old Neo-Nazi was officially charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder Thursday following his indictment on Tuesday.
Still defiant, John Ditullio told the judge he didn't need any legal help and wants to represent himself.
Ditullio is accused of storming into his next-door-neighbor's home in New Port Richey on March 23, stabbing and injuring the homeowner, Patricia Wells, and stabbing to death 17-year-old Kristopher King, a friend of Wells' son.
"He was stabbing me and he finished stabbing me and went after the boy," said Wells.
Griffin Park resident Richard Lopez and others are glad someone is finally charged with the brutal attacks that happened in their neighborhood.
"I hope he loses," said Lopez. "That's what I hope."
The apparent motivation for the attack was Ditullio didn't like the skin
These flags have replaced the Neo-Nazi ones that used to fly over Ditullio's home.
color of Wells' friends and King was mistaken for someone else.
"I'm happy for his (King's) family and all," said Lopez. "He deserves it. It's crazy what they did to that kid."
As his own lawyer, Ditullio will now get to see evidence that was collected for his arrest warrant. That includes a victim's blood on Ditullio's clothing from multiple stab wounds, his DNA on a stocking mask and a beanie found near the gas mask he allegedly used during the crime, and testimony from his fellow Neo-Nazis, pointing to Ditullio as the man who attacked King and Wells.
Ditullio is being held without bond at the Pasco County Jail.