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Thursday, January 8, 2009

[FL] Ex-Deputy Wright arrested for killing Paula & son Alijah

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[FL] After Paula O'Connor put her story online... - A former Orange County deputy sheriff and Eatonville police officer [Ralph "Ron" Wright Jr.] was named Tuesday as the only suspect in the double murder last summer in St. Petersburg of his ex-girlfriend and their 15-month-old son...

Former Orange County deputy sheriff jailed in killingsOrlando Sentinel
Henry Pierson Curtis
January 1, 2009
[Excerpts] A former Orange County deputy sheriff faces first-degree murder charges after his arrest Wednesday in the 2007 killings of his former girlfriend and son in St. Petersburg. Ralph Wright Jr., 40, was picked up in Palatka, where he stopped to deliver freight in his new job as a truck driver... The victims were Paula O'Conner and her 15-month-old son, Alijah... [Full article here]


Feb 7, 2013
[Excerpts] A Pinellas County jury says a former MacDill Air Force sergeant is a killer. On Thursday, Ralph Wright was convicted of strangling his ex-lover, Paula O'Conner and suffocating their 15-month-old son, Alijah. At the time of the murders in 2007, O'Conner was dealing with mounting medical bills for her baby boy, who had a serious heart defect. Investigators say she was trying to legally get Wright to take responsibility for their son... O'Conner hoped to gain access to his military medical benefits, but when he denied fathering the baby and disappeared from her life, she hired a private investigator and learned he'd been married all along to a woman in Orlando. O'Conner detailed her story on a website, MilitaryDeadbeatDads.com, before she died... She sued for child support and, three weeks later, was found strangled. Her son, Alijah, was also found suffocated in their St. Petersburg home, according to police. The jury found Wright guilty on two counts of first degree murder... [Full article here]
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