Criminal Law Florida sheriff says Daniel Proctor to be charged with murder of former Huntsville resident Amy Patterson

Published on March 8th, 2013 | by Daniel R. Perlman

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Florida sheriff says Daniel Proctor to be charged with murder of former Huntsville resident Amy Patterson

The Lee County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department has said it has a warrant to arrest Daniel Proctor and charge him with second-degree murder in the death of Amy Patterson, who was a middle school teacher and former Huntsville resident.

Proctor was convicted in Madison County last year on theft charges and because of prior felonies, was given a life sentence.

Right after his sentencing, Proctor reportedly spoke with a Lee County Sheriff’s Department investigator.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott said last year that Proctor gave the investigator very specific information that led them to Patterson‘s body, less than two miles from the home she shared in Pine Island, Fla. with Proctor, her former husband. Patterson had been missing since mid-July 2011.

Proctor was transferred to the Limestone Correctional Center in Capshaw after his sentencing.

He had long been considered the lead suspect in Patterson’s disappearance, Scott said.

Patterson was a popular middle school science teacher in Cape Coral, Fla., near Ft. Myers. She was reported missing in July 2011 after she did not turn up for the beginning of school. Proctor apparently explained her absence to school officials by telling them she’d died in a car accident in Houston.

Investigators became suspicious after hearing varying accounts by Proctor about how Patterson died. Proctor later left Florida in Patterson’s car and came to Madison County. He took a gun and a pick-up truck from a friend’s house and the theft charges stem from that incident. He was arrested in Okeechobee, Fla. in September 2011 and returned to face theft charges here.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Department said in a Monday news release the “extradition process will begin as soon as possible.”

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Source: Alabama “Florida sheriff says Daniel Proctor to be charged with murder of former Huntsville resident Amy Patterson,” March 6, 2013.

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