FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, October 11, 1999
ALFORD LEONARD MARDIS FOUND GUILTY
On April, 23, 1997, Mardis drove his car through the front wall of an apartment, located in Golden Gate, that was occupied by his wife and three other people. The defendant exited his vehicle and shot his wife to death with a .22 caliber rifle. He then proceeded to chase one of the male occupants of the apartment on foot for a distance of two blocks. Mardis then took aim with his rifle and shot the male in the head, killing him. Deputies of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the murder scene. Eyewitnesses identified Mardis as the killer. Deputies located Mardis a short time after the shootings and took him into custody. The defendant has been held at the Collier County Jail since the date of his arrest.
Mardis originally stood trial, at the Collier County Courthouse, in October 1997. He was convicted by the jury of all his charges but was granted a new trial due to procedural irregularities. Mardis used an insanity defense in both of his trials.