Free Consultation Hablamos Español
Phone: 727-315-1685

Hernando County Man Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Death of Wife

Alan Osterhoudt Jr. called 911 last week and told the emergency dispatcher in Hernando County that he had shot his wife during an argument and that she was dead. Sheriff's deputies responded to the couple's home in Spring Hill where Osterhoudt was waiting outside.

Inside the home, deputies found Maria Osterhoudt dead in the bathroom with a gunshot wound to the head. Maria Osterhoudt was a St. Petersburg College professor who was ready to retire.

Alan Osterhoudt was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He has no previous criminal history and deputies indicated that they had no previous domestic violence calls to the couple's address.

Maria Osterhoudt was a full-time faculty member in the college of computer and information technology at the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. She instructed several Web design and computer application courses this semester, in both on-campus and online classes.

A person is guilty of second-degree murder in Florida if he kills someone "by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual". A conviction carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.

A "premeditated design to kill" means that there was a conscious decision to kill. The decision must be present in the accused's mind at the time the act was committed but doesn't necessarily require a long thought-process or planning period.

In this case, it appears that prosecutors did not believe there was evidence of such premeditation and chose to forego the first-degree murder charge.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • American inns of court
  • norml
  • National association of criminal defense lawyers
  • Clearwater bar association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Let Us Help You

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Clearwater Office
615 Turner Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Phone: 727-315-1685
Phone: (727) 446-7505
Fax: 727-446-8147
Clearwater Law Office Map

Tampa Office
902 N. Armenia Avenue
Tampa, FL 33609

Phone: 727-315-1685
Map & Directions

Please Direct All Correspondence to the Clearwater Office