Florida sports fan sentenced to death

Posted: Friday August 5, 2005 12:55AM; Updated: Friday August 5, 2005 11:53AM
Facing the music: Christopher Offord (left) wanted to watch SportsCenter to see clips of a Mike Tyson boxing match.

CITY, Fla. (AP) — A man who got angry with his wife because she wanted
to cuddle after sex when what he really wanted to do was watch sports
on television was sentenced to death for killing her with a claw hammer.

Offord, 30, was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Judge Dedee Costello,
who said the brutality of the crime outweighed any mental problems
Offord may have had.

“The defendant struck his wife approximately
70 individual blows after spending a happy interlude with her,” the
judge said. “Her desire to cuddle after sex does not justify the
extremely violent, brutal response of the defendant.”

Offord pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2004 slaying of Dana Noser, 40, at his apartment.

confessed to a bartender at a sports bar before his arrest. He told
investigators that his wife had been nagging him to come back to bed.

Offord did not speak in court but said in a jailhouse interview in June: “I figured I killed her so I deserve to die.”


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