JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- David Sparre killed Tiara Pool in cold blood. He met the 21-year-old Navy wife after answering an ad she placed on Craigslist. He stabbed her more than 80 times, then bragged about it in a letter he wrote after his conviction.
That letter read, "I did it for the rush." It went went on to say, "I enjoyed it and I hope to do it again."
Sparre won't get a chance to do it again. He was sentenced to death for the 2010 murder.
That sentence will be reviewed Tuesday by the Florida Supreme Court. At issue is whether Sparre had the right to refuse to let evidence be presented that could have helped his case, evidence of a troubled childhood and drug abuse.
"Anything that might lessen his potential to receive the death penalty," said attorney Dale Carson.
Carson explained Sparre was ultimately in charge of his own defense. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether the state should do more to save the life of someone, who doesn't want his life to be saved.
Carson said, "If the Supreme Court finds that there are procedural errors, or that the judge should have forced him, if you will, to present mitigation, then it will come back to the trial court level."
No matter what, Sparre won't walk away from this. He took joy in the fact that he killed Pool.
If the Supreme Court rules that the defense must present mitigating evidence in death penalty cases, even if it's against the defendant's wishes, it will set a new precedent in state law.