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New York pedophile pleads guilty to raping girl and murdering her mother

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 14:30 EDT
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Convicted child rapist and murderer David Renz reads a statement in court on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Screenshot via Syracuse.com.
 
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New York resident David Renz, 29, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to allegations that he raped a 10-year-old girl and murdered her mother, in a broad-daylight attack that began in a shopping mall parking lot.

The attack began after Renz removed an electronic tracking device affixed to his ankle, then reassembled the device before authorities noticed, according to The Associated Press. He was wearing the device after being released from jail following a child pornography charge in January.

He later told the court that he chose his victims at random, settling upon a woman who worked as a local librarian and her young girl. Raw Story is not identifying the murder victim in this case to prevent identification of the girl.

Using a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm, Renz confronted the two in the parking lot of the Great Northern Mall in Clay, New York and ordered them into the vehicle, then told them to drive to an isolated part of the lot where he bound the mother and raped the girl.

Renz thereafter forced the woman to drive to an even more isolated spot, where he murdered her by strangling her and stabbing her repeatedly in the head and chest. But before her death, the woman apparently broke partially free of restraints Renz attempted to use, struggled with him and screamed for her daughter to run. The girl escaped the vehicle and was eventually picked up by a passing motorist.

Renz read a prepared statement in court on Wednesday (video embedded below) admitting to kidnapping, carjacking, sexual assault of a minor and first-degree murder. While he also apologized to his victims’ family, Renz offered no clues as to why he committed the crimes. “I do not fully understand what led me to commit these crimes,” he said. “But even if I did, an explanation is not a justification, nor does it lessen my responsibility for what I’ve done.”

Investigators who spoke to reporter Sara Patterson with The Post-Standard in Syracuse said that Renz’s child pornogrpahy collection contained images that were similar to the scene of his crimes. He is to be interviewed by behavioral scientists working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a condition of his plea deal, which spared him from facing the death penalty on federal charges.

This video is from The Post-Standard, published Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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