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New court documents in the case of Stephanie Krone-Overholts, a woman who sustained sustained injuries with stabbing on the neck and defensive wounds on her hands, who was killed, torn to pieces, and thrown into a waterway near downtown Tampa Given.


These are some of the new details revealed in a lengthy pre-trial detention motion filed by prosecutors on Monday.

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Lutz’s defendant, Robert Kessler, has now been charged with the Krone-Overholts murder, but he was no show for his court hearing on Monday morning.

“He refuses to come out so you are waiting for his presence?” Judge Katherine Catlin asked her public defender, who confirmed she waived her appearance.

Search scene with Mackay Bay

Prosecutors say Kessler dismembered Krone-Overholts’ body and dumped it in Mackay Bay near downtown Tampa.

Krone-Overholts was Partial human remains were discovered on the same day her mother was reported missing in Pennsylvania, A photograph of a tattoo on a human leg was released to the public and soon the Kron-Overholts family came forward. recognize him,

Tampa police immediately noticed Kessler, who admitted that he met Stephanie at a McDonald’s restaurant and was staying with him. However, he claimed that he took off for a day without informing her and that he had not seen her since November 5.

But assistant chief Ruben Delgado said his story did not progress and evidence against him soon began to emerge.

“We found some of Stephanie’s blood in her car and we searched Mr. Kessler’s house. We found more blood and a pair of shoes,” Delgado said.

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Stephanie Krone-Overholts

On November 5, court documents show that Kessler’s 8-year-old daughter told detectives that Kron-Overholts stayed at their Lutz home for a week. She said that her father and Krone-Overholts had an argument over money and Kessler asked her to leave.

The girl recalls to Krone-Overholts that she asked her father for $200 and would leave if he paid her.

The next day, Krone-Overholts was gone, the girl said.

Her father left her at Krone-Overholts with her lover, but the girl had never heard that she had a boyfriend. He also remembered that Stephanie’s silver car was still standing outside.

Records show on November 6, several witnesses saw Kessler throwing black garbage bags and a red-pink tote into the water. There is also a surveillance video from the Port of Tampa that prosecutors say shows Kessler throwing an object into the water.

On November 7, surveillance video outside the Pep Boys auto store on Bears Avenue in Tampa showed Kessler parking Krone-Overholts’ car and walking away, documents show.


Robert Kessler (HCSO Photo)

Kessler was already in prison on drug charges when he was charged with second-degree murder and misappropriation of a dead human body.

During Monday’s hearing, Public Defender announced that they would ask a judge to release Kessler on bond.

Objecting to his release, prosecutors say he poses a risk of harm to the community and want him to be locked up until the date of his trial.

Bond hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday