Two Indicted in Murder/Robbery Case

The Bay County grand jury issued 2 indictments Thursday afternoon in the case of a robbery-turned-murder. The two suspects are now facing first degree murder charges.

The indictments charge 19-year-old Nicholas T. Lee and 24-year-old Amy Beth Cucco with first degree felony murder and attempted robbery with a firearm.

Bay County sheriff's investigators say Lee and Cucco shot and killed convenience store owner Vish Patel at his Fountain store about 9:30 on the night of November 13th. Authorities say the motive was robbery.

But when Lee confronted Patel as he walked from his home to the store, Patel began arguing with Lee. That's when Lee allegedly shot Patel with a rifle.

Lee and Cucco were arrested early the next morning, along with 3-others charged with related crimes. Deputies say Cucco helped plan the crime, with Lee.

If convicted of murder, Lee and Cucco could face death or life in prison without possibility of parole.


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  • by vikki Location: west palm Beach on Dec 11, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    Not surprised that Amy Cucco turned out the way she did. She never had a chance -- both her parents were drug addicts and were absolute failures as human beings and parents. Some people should not be allowed to reproduce. Amy had her first child at 16 years old -- and the child is a completely screwed up too.It wouldn't surprise me if her kids turned out the same way. My sympathies to Patel's family.
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