Records: 5th defendant to plead in killing

The fifth and last defendant in a 2014 Palatka murder case pleaded guilty to lesser charges prior to jury selection Monday.

Putnam County Clerk of Court documents said Eric Alexander Woodrum, 26, of Palatka was charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery, burglary while armed and accessory after the fact.

Court officials said Woodrum pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, with the State Attorney’s Office agreeing to not prosecute on the other charges once he is sentenced.

Woodrum, Rebecca Hope Florido, 30, Rebecca Christine Hicks, 23, Daniel Lee Lalonde, 23, and Brandon Keith Nunley, 29, were charged in the March 30, 2014, murder of Antonio Mulberry of Satsuma.

In a Palatka Daily News article dated April 1, 2014, investigators said Mulberry was killed when a drug deal for Dilaudid, a controlled narcotic, turned into an armed robbery.

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office report on March 30, 2014, said deputies arrived at a vehicle crash on Augusta Road and found Mulberry bleeding from the mouth in the driver’s seat of a vehicle sitting in front of a tree.

A neighbor told deputies he heard a “single shot fired,” the report said.

Mulberry was taken by ambulance to Putnam Community Medical Center, where he died.

All five defendants were charged with first-degree murder and now all five have pleaded to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

Nunley entered his plea April 25, 2014, Lalonde pleaded July 15, 2014, Hicks on Sept. 10, 2015 and Florido on June 3, 2015.

On April 1, Florido’s attorney Sharon Feliciano requested a copy of the plea to be transcribed “in order to ascertain whether the defendant understood the nature and consequences of the plea,” a motion for continuance said.

Feliciano also requested Florido receive a psychological exam, stating, “her prior counsel did not complete an evaluation.”

All five defendants await sentencing. 

Woodrum is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. May 25 and could face 20 to 45 years in prison.