New details have surfaced in the investigation into the murder of an Ocoee woman.
Police say Rosemary Pate, 52, was stabbed to death inside her home at 806 Lancer Circle in the Admiral Point subdivision. Her body was found on Monday morning. Her son and two others were arrested and charged in her death hours later.
Everett Pate, 19, remains in jail, accused of killing his mother. Police said this isn't his first brush with thelaw, including prior arrests for robbery and grand theft. He also had arestraining order against him, taken outby his mother in October of last year, when she told police that she was afraid for her life. That order expired threemonths ago, and now Pate is being held at the Orange County jail forher murder.
"The investigation concluded that herson, Everett Pate, did kill her and he had two accomplices help him clean up themess," said Detective Sgt. Brian Saterlee of the Ocoee Police Department.
Haylie Ellis, Pate's girlfriend, andShakir Ricketts are facing accessory charges. Ellis, 19, was released from jail early Wednesday on a $5,600 bond. Ricketts, 20, had not bonded out as early Wednesday evening.
Police said Ellis was present as Pate fought and struggled with hismother, then helped him get rid of the evidence.
"There was bleach used, and bleachcontainers were recovered," said Sgt. Saterlee.
Then police said the trio stole two cars from the woman'sdriveway but later dumped them.
The Joint Homicide Investigation Team deals withdomestic violence deaths all the time, but this case shocked even veteranofficers.
"A son and a mother [case] is veryrare," said Sgt. Saterlee. "I don't know any explanation why a son would want to kill his mother."
According to the restraining order, Rosemary Pate said her son harassedher, held her hostage inside the house they shared, and threatened to kill her. She also wrote that, because of Pate's behavior and "shady friends," she wasafraid for her life.
"In speaking with friends and family, Iknow she was in fear of him. Unfortunately, I wish she would have reached outto us before this happened,' said Sgt. Saterlee. "If she had, we could have hopefully preventedthis."
Pate was set to face a judge on Wednesday morning, but that firstappearance was rescheduled.
Police said this investigation is far from over, and they've got more questionsfor everyone involved.