Court upholds conviction of man who killed parents

By Associated Press
Published On: May 22 2014 12:01:12 PM EDT

Nassau County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Gregory Larkin

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

The Florida Supreme Court is upholding the conviction and death sentence of a northeast Florida man who beat his parents to death with a baseball bat.

Authorities say Gregory David Larkin attacked his mother, 73-year-old Myra A. Larkin, while she was watching a movie in April 2009. He then went to the garage, where he attacked his father, 75-year-old Richard C. Larkin Jr.

The bodies were found 8 days after the murder. Larkin had gone to Mexico but returned to the country and was arrested at a nearby hotel.

Larkin represented himself during the trial and during a hearing to determine if he was mentally competent. He argued in his appeal that the court should have appointed him a lawyer during the competency hearing. The court rejected this argument.

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