Tampa Bay Online
updated 5:10 p.m. CT, Fri., May. 23, 2008
By THOMAS W. KRAUSE of The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA -- A 29-year-old man pleaded guilty to two federal charges of murder in racketeering, relating to the 1998 death of two homeless men, U.S. Attorney's Office officials announced today.
Charles Marovskis, formerly of Tampa, is the second man who has pleaded guilty in the case. Kenneth Hoover, 35, pleaded guilty to the same charges on March 7, 2007.
Both defendants face up to life in prison.
Hoover and Marovskis were members of Tampa Blood and Honour, a white supremacy group that planned to participate in a race war and to kill people they thought to be inferior, federal prosecutors have said.
On Sept. 12, 1998, an unidentified homeless man was attacked by skinheads under an Interstate 275 overpass at Bird Street, but he escaped, court records state.
The next day, Alfred Williams and Richard Arseneau were killed. The body of Williams, 62, was found under a Lee Roy Selmon Expressway overpass. He was beaten and stabbed in the eye with a tire iron.
Arseneau, 44, was found in woods near Interstate 275 and Fletcher Avenue. He was killed by a small ax, court documents state.
Hoover, Marovskis and other members of the group participated in the two murders, according to a written statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Federal prosecutors are joined in the investigation by the FBI, Tampa police, Hillsborough County sheriff's office and Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.