Jury Unanimously Votes to Recommend the Death-Penalty for Steven Wolf
South Florida - Thursday January 23, 2023: Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has announced that State Prosecutors have secured a guilty conviction and unanimous vote recommending the death penalty against a Florida Keys man who committed sexual battery and murder.
The jury unanimously recommended the death penalty for Wolf after finding him guilty of first-degree murder and sexual battery. The final decision whether to follow the unanimous recommendation of the jury will be made by the 16th Judicial Circuit Judge Mark H. Jones, who presided over the case.
According to a release from the Attorney General's Office, Wolf committed a gruesome sexual battery assault on a woman using a large object that resulted in blunt force trauma leading to the death of a Marathon woman.
A local fishermen found the woman’s body in a remote area. Investigators soon found car parts around the body that belonged to Wolf’s van. Authorities located the van abandoned in a Kmart parking lot. The investigation revealed that Wolf used a large object to penetrate the victim and then strangled the woman before dumping her body.
“We secured a unanimous death-penalty recommendation for a depraved killer, who gruesomely murdered a Florida woman," said Attorney General Moody.
The death penalty was recommended due to several aggravating factors, including the heinous nature of the crime, and Wolf's previous violent felony manslaughter conviction.
Assistant Statewide Prosecutors Cass and Christina Castillo prosecuted the case through an agreement with the State Attorney for the 16th Judicial Circuit.