Bloody footprints could be key evidence in Rivera murders - FOX 13 News

Bloody footprints could be key evidence in Rivera murders

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Whose bloody footprints were found at the Rivera mansion the day the prominent couple were brutally killed?

Prosecutors say they belong to the defendant Julian Florez, and now they want to prove it.

They want an impression of Florez' footprint, with his socks on, to compare it to the bloody prints found at the crime scene.

But the defense team is fighting it.

Former prosecutor Anthony Rickman says it's an unusual request, but not unheard of.

"His foot, his shoe size, the way he moves his foot is going to be imprinted on the floor with the blood. And if that is similar or substantially similar to that footprint that he leaves during this experiment, then yes, it's going to be very damning to the defense, " Rickman said.

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

The exclusive neighborhood is gated and surrounded by eight foot walls.

But collecting any new evidence from the crime scene will be impossible, because as FOX 13 News first reported, the mansion is now gone. It was torn down months ago; all that's left is an empty lot.

In the end, the judge ruled in favor of the prosecution and will allow impressions of Florez' clothed feet to be taken.

While it's a win for the state, it's also a possible gamble.

"Everybody remembers the bloody glove. If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," adds Rickman. "If they get this evidence and it doesn't match specifically, then yes it could hurt their case. However, if it does match his footprint, then that is definitely going to strengthen their case."

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