Death Row Inmate Sues To Get Victims' Chevy

A Florida death row inmate is suing to get a vintage Chevy pickup owned by the couple he is convicted of killing.

William Deparvine was sentenced to death in 2006 for killing Richard and Karla Van Dusen. His lawsuit over their car has now dragged on for two years, the St. Petersburg Times reported.

The dispute is over a red 1971 Chevrolet Cheyenne truck Van Dusen bought and refurbished in the late 1990s after he divorced. He went to weekend car shows with it and won trophies. After he remarried, however, he decided to sell the truck, and Deparvine responded to a classified ad he took out.

On Nov. 26, 2003, the day after Deparvine met with Van Dusen, 58, and his wife, 49, their bodies were found in a dirt driveway in northwest Hillsborough County. Both had been shot in the head.

Authorities said Deparvine planned to rob and kill the couple but wanted to make it look like he bought the truck and someone else shot them. He typed up a bill of sale indicating the truck had been sold for $6,500 and signed Richard Van Dusen's name.

At trial, Deparvine, 57, claimed he was innocent, but jurors found him guilty and sentenced him to death.

From his cell, he has claimed the bill of sale proves he owns the truck, and he has filed pages of handwritten court pleadings in his case.

"I will have to give him credit," said Robert Vessel, an attorney for Richard Van Dusen's daughter. "He's one of the best jailhouse lawyers I've seen."

It may not be enough to get the truck back. Van Dusen's daughter said her cousin helped her sell it soon after Deparvine's conviction. She was too scared to sell the truck on her own because of what happened to her father.


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  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM
    Judge to Mr. Deparvine: Uh...NO! Case dismissed. Take this idiot out of here and back to jail.
  • by The Dark Knight Location: Eastern, NC on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:20 AM
    Wow... I need to get to work on committing crimes. I could get a free education. Free room and board. Free food. A girlfriend named Bubba. I mean, how wonderful is that? But when they release me, I would not have so good. So, I guess the prison systems just make it so they can repeat again and again and again. And society allows it. Great!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 10, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    What's your point Fred? If you stay out of questionable places and obey laws, the probability of being in prison is minimal.
  • by fred Location: wa on Jun 9, 2009 at 11:35 PM
    I don't know the details of the story, and neither do most of you obviously, but consider the number of people convicted of horrible crimes, sentenced to death, and recently released due to dna evidence. If it can happen once...each one of you is a potential convict.
  • by flip flop on Jun 9, 2009 at 08:38 PM
    Ridiculous! Is he going to drive the truck on the grounds of the prison? He should not be allowed to waste time on this nonsense, but then again, he is in prison, can't go far...
  • by Revamp needed. Location: NC on Jun 9, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    This america we live in is NOT the america our forefathers wanted us to have. This is sick and should'nt be allowed in any country. I am scared and ashamed for all americans. THis is so sad and sick.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 9, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    TO ANONYMOUS, MY BAD . i meant chasing a car not parked car, thanks for the correction
  • by George Location: Johnson on Jun 9, 2009 at 12:20 AM
    What sort of horrible CRIMINALLY INCOMPETENT Judge is allowing this waste of the Court's time and money plus inducing more emotional suffering against the surviving family members? This lawsuit should be dismissed with prejudice and the inmate legally barred from filing legal pleas in all matters regarding this case. The Judge that is allowing this to continue should be removed from the Court and fined for being an accessory to Malicious Harassment against the surviving family members from the killer on Death Row. Simply appalling and disgusting.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 8, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    Criminals have more rigths than the people they have killed.
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    Okay, Witn, you win. I have asked nicely. Please post my last two comments. They are important for bold criminals like this. Pretty please.
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