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Rivera mansion, scene of double murder, torn down

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Julian Florez faced a judge Wednesday, but prosecutors want to get a better impression of his clothed feet.

That's because whoever killed Dr. Hector Rivera and his wife Debra left bloody sock prints inside their million dollar mansion.

Prosecutors want to know if Florez' sock foot prints match those of the killers.

It's an unusual request that Florez' attorneys are fighting.

Florez worked for the Riveras as a driver. Investigators say he shot and killed the prominent couple at their mansion in Avila.

The exclusive neighborhood is gated and surrounded by eight foot walls. But re-tracing the killer's steps back into the crime scene is too late -- FOX 13 News has learned the million dollar mansion is gone.

A photograph shows where the home once stood -- now it's an empty lot.

Sources tell FOX 13 that family had it torn down.

No one will say why, but attorney Jeff Brown says that presents a challenge for attorneys on both sides.

"No matter what side I was on, I'd be up at night worrying about that. The problem with that is if you need to go back and take other measurements or any issue comes up where the defendant says, no I was on the other side of the room, and you want to prove that it isn't true, or prove that it is true, you can't do it. The house is gone. So you're stuck with whatever measurements and photographs you took," Brown said.

Meanwhile, a judge will have to decide whether Florez' clothed foot prints will be taken and examined.

That hearing will take place next month.

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