Zane Michael Floyd
(born 1976) is a convicted mass murderer who is most notorious for
killing four people and injuring another in a Las Vegas, Nevada
June 3, 1999.
After pleading guilty to the murders, Floyd was sentenced to death by a
After attending high school, Floyd enlisted in the
United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged, but was told
that he was not welcome to reenlist due to his heavy drinking.
June 3, 1999,
at approximately 5:15 in the morning, Floyd entered an Albertson's
supermarket in Las Vegas, Nevada and opened fire on random individuals
within the store with a shotgun. Wearing Marine Corps camouflage and
with a shaved head, Floyd picked his victims at will in a calm manner.
He shot Thomas Darnell in the back twice, killing him.
Immediately after, Floyd also killed Carlos Chuck Leos and Dennis Troy
Sargeant. Floyd then encountered Zachary T. Emenegger, who fled Floyd
when he saw the gunman pointing the shotgun in his direction. Diving
under a produce table, Emenegger avoided Floyd's gunfire for 15 seconds
before succumbing to gunshots from Floyd's shotgun.
Floyd then shot Emenegger again. He searched the
store and found Lucille Alice Tarantino in the rear. He shot her in the
head at point-blank range and killed her. Floyd then walked back to
Emenegger, who pretended to be dead. Floyd whispered "yeah, you're dead"
to Emenegger, and exited the store. In total, Floyd had shot seven
shotgun shells, killing four people and critically wounding another.
Floyd was out of the supermarket in seven minutes.
Floyd exited the supermarket's north doors to meet
the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, who had been called by an
employee who had escaped the store.
Without exchanging any gunfire, Floyd ran back into
the supermarket and exited through the west doors of the supermarket, in
hopes of avoiding the police outside. When he noticed that the complex
was surrounded by officers, Floyd threatened to kill himself, pointing
the shotgun to his head. After an eight-minute standoff, police
convinced Floyd to surrender. They immediately arrested him on charges
of murder; he confessed that he had killed all of the people inside the
After pleading guilty, Floyd went to trial under the
judgment of a Nevada state jury. The jury then delivered the maximum
verdict: four consecutive death penalties.
The jury also ordered restitution totaling more than
$180,000 dollars. Per Nevada law, Floyd's death penalty is automatically
appealed, and it currently sits in the federal court system.
Zane Michael Floyd
Dressed in camouflage and a
sporting a shaved head, 23-year-old Zane Michael Floyd opened fire in a
supermarket in Las Vegas, killing four people. Three of the dead were
employees of the Albertsons supermarket, the fourth was a shopper. A
fifth victim was critically injured.
The rampage ocurred early morning
June 3, 1999. Floyd surrendered to police following a short standoff
outside the supermarket.
"He took the path of least
resistance, shooting at everybody he saw," Las Vegas Sheriff Jerry
Keller said. "He roamed throughout the store."
Floyd, a former
Marine in Camp Pendleton, was fired from a local bar where he worked as
a bouncer. In an obvious downward spiral, he was also forced to move to
his parents' guest house.
The night before the rampage
Floyd allegedly raped and threatened an escort service employee who he
called to his home. Floyd told the escort he had been trained to kill,
and had 19 bullets which he planned to use to kill the next 19 people he
An employee at Love Bound, an escort service, told The Associated
Press that a man named Zane had called for the services of a young woman,
age 18 to 21, at his home on West Oakey. The service dispatched a 20-year-old
woman to the address about 3:30 a.m.
The employee said the young woman
arrived at the residence and "as soon as she walked in the door he
grabbed her, handcuffed and taped her, then raped and sodomized her."
The employee said the man threatened to kill the young woman, fired five
shots from a pump-action shotgun, then released her and toward the
death for ex-marine killer of 4
Philadelphia Daily News
July 22, 2000
A former Marine who prosecutors said
was living out his fantasies when he gunned down four supermarket
employees should be sentenced to death, a jury said yesterday.
The same jury found Zane Floyd, 24, guilty of four
counts of first-degree murder July 13.
Jurors decide Floyd must pay with his life
The jury members say condemning a quadruple killer
was the hardest decision of their lives.
By Carri Geer - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Saturday, July 22, 2000
Zane Floyd stared downward Friday as he learned the
penalty jurors had chosen for him: a death sentence for each of the four
people he shot and killed at random last year in a Las Vegas grocery
"He got exactly what he deserved," said Sy Kellogg,
whose son-in-law died during the attack.
Jurors deliberated some 16 hours over three days
before reaching their decision. Several cried as their verdicts were
announced to the public in District Judge Jeffrey Sobel's courtroom.
Afterward, they met privately with Floyd's lawyers
and District Attorney Stewart Bell, who helped prosecute the case.
"They just conveyed to us how hard their job was and
how bad they felt for everybody," Bell said.
Deputy Public Defender Curtis Brown said he spent
about 20 minutes with the jury, which was made up of nine women and
"They were of the opinion Zane had a choice, and he
made the choice," Brown said. "We naturally are of the opinion that the
jury had a similar choice, and we're disappointed in their choice."
Under Nevada law, Floyd's death sentences will be
"The way our system works, I'm sure he'll outlive
me," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Koot. Koot, who is 55,
joined Bell in prosecuting the case.
The jury chose one of its members, Tim LeMaster, to
act as its spokesman and read a statement to reporters after the
verdicts were returned.
"On July 21, 12 compassionate people made the most
difficult decisions of our lives thus far," LeMaster said. "The death
penalty verdict required a great deal of soul searching for all 12 of us."
LeMaster, standing behind a lectern with his fellow
jurors seated on both sides of him, also mentioned each of the four
murder victims by name.
In addition, he mentioned a fifth shooting victim,
who survived the attack, and a woman Floyd raped shortly before he went
on his shooting spree.
"They will never be the same," the juror said. "These
families and friends need our prayers right now."
He said Floyd, 24, and his family also need prayers.
"We ask that when you pray for the victims, all of us
pray for Zane's family as well," LeMaster said.
He then had a message for the Las Vegas community.
"Do not assume any part of this process has been easy,"
he said. "If you have not sat on a jury and considered the death penalty,
you simply cannot understand."
After LeMaster read the statement, he and the rest of
the jurors filed out of the room without answering any questions.
Earlier, Sobel thanked the jurors for their service.
"It's an awesome responsibility, and I know how it's
tearing some of you up to have done this," he said.
The same jury convicted Floyd last week of four
counts of first-degree murder for the deaths he caused on June 3, 1999,
at an Albertson's grocery store. The store, now a Raley's, sits at
Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard.
Jurors also convicted Floyd of burglary and attempted
murder in connection with the shooting rampage, and four counts of
sexual assault in connection with the earlier rape.
Sobel is scheduled to sentence Floyd Aug. 31 for all
crimes other than the murders.
To impose the death penalty, jurors had to find that
aggravating circumstances in the case outweighed mitigating
The jury found that prosecutors proved all three
aggravating factors they alleged: Floyd created a great risk of death to
more than one person; he killed the victims at random and without
apparent motive; and he was convicted of more than one count of murder
in connection with the shootings.
Defense attorneys prepared a list of 16 mitigating
factors for the jury to consider. The factors included the defendant's
youth; his service in the military; his lack of a significant history of
prior criminal activity; and his cooperation with police.
Floyd's attorneys also claimed he committed the
murders while under the influence of "extreme mental or emotional
Four Albertson's employees were killed in the grocery
store on the morning of Floyd's rampage. They were Thomas Darnell, 40,
Carlos "Chuck" Leos, 41, Dennis Troy Sargent, 31, and Lucille Tarantino,
Employee Zachary Emenegger, 21, was shot twice but
Kellogg, whose daughter married Leos about a year
before the attack, was the only member of any of the victims' families
who appeared in court for the decision on Floyd's punishment.
Victim advocate Sue Lopez, who works for the Victim-Witness
Assistance Center in the district attorney's office, said some of the
relatives live in other areas and had to return to their homes before
the jury finished deliberating.
Others found it too difficult to watch the court
proceedings, she said.
Floyd's parents, Michael and Valerie, testified
during their son's penalty hearing and sat in court Friday with a group
of supporters to hear the jury's decision.
They declined a request for an interview as they left
the Clark County Courthouse.
During the penalty hearing, Valerie Floyd testified
that she failed her son at times in his life. "And by doing that, I
failed everybody in here," she said tearfully.
Michael Floyd told jurors he regrets "not being smart
enough to realize" his son needed help.
On Friday, Koot said Floyd's parents raised their son
well and deserve no blame for his crimes.
"His parents are good people," he said. "They've been
injured just like anyone else."
Koot said he was surprised at the length of jury
deliberations in the trial's penalty phase. He also said he noticed the
emotion displayed by several jurors when the decision was announced.
"I think it has to be because of Zane Floyd's parents,
rather than because of Zane Floyd," the prosecutor said.
When Floyd addressed the jury Tuesday, he said he
could not explain his actions. However, he denied killing the victims
for a thrill, as prosecutors had argued.
Speaking deliberately and without emotion, Floyd
apologized for his conduct and said he will regret what he did for the
rest of his life.
Brown said Floyd had been taking medication at the
jail throughout the trial to help him sleep at night, and the medication
caused his client's calm appearance in court.
Evidence at trial showed that Floyd spent time
drinking and reflecting on the sorry state of his life before he went on
his crime spree. He entered Albertson's around 5:15 a.m. and opened fire
with a shotgun.
Floyd spent nearly four years in the Marine Corps
before his abuse of alcohol led to an honorable discharge in July 1998.
He had trouble holding down jobs after that and moved
into a guest home behind his parents' house two days before the
After his arrest, Floyd told police he always had
wondered what it would be like to shoot someone.
On Thursday, as the Floyd jurors deliberated his
punishment, another jury in the building returned a death sentence
against a man who stabbed and strangled his ex-wife in front of their 3-year-old
Floyd's attorneys asked Sobel to sequester jurors in
their case to prevent the panel from being influenced by the outcome of
the other case.
Sobel denied the request but said he would tell the
jury not to read any print media or watch any television news when they
went home that night.
Suspect details grisly fantasies
Court filings show a man arrested after a rampage in
June told police he had visions of shooting people.
By Peter O'Connell - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Saturday, January 08, 2000
The man accused of killing four people at a Las Vegas
supermarket in June told police the rampage was the culmination of a
"Call me crazy, psychotic, whatever. I've just always
wanted to know what it's like to shoot someone," 23-year-old Zane Floyd
told a police detective after he was arrested on June 3 outside the
Albertson's, now Raley's, at Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard.
This and other comments made by Floyd are included in
recent court filings by prosecutors in the capital murder case scheduled
for trial March 6.
Floyd also repeatedly portrayed himself as a loser,
expressed his love for his shotgun, lamented that he was forced out of
the Marines and said he decided to act on his violent fantasies after
returning home from a disastrous night at the blackjack tables.
"I was just thinking, 'What's it going to be like to
shoot somebody?' " Floyd said of his thoughts as he approached the
Patricia Kirby, who has interviewed serial killers
and mass murderers as an academic and during her 20 years in law
enforcement, said Floyd has much in common with those accused of similar
"There are just red flags all over the place in his
background," said Kirby, a former homicide detective in Baltimore and a
former FBI special agent whose last assignment was as a psychological
profiler in the Behavioral Sciences Unit.
Authorities allege Floyd entered the supermarket
dressed in camouflage and used a shotgun to fatally shoot four people.
He was arrested outside the store after police persuaded him to drop the
shotgun he had been holding to his head.
Defense attorneys are not disputing the general
allegations of what occurred at Albertson's. They instead plan to focus
on as yet undisclosed factors that they say compelled Floyd to commit
Deputy Public Defender Curtis Brown on Friday
declined to discuss Floyd's statements in detail, saying any comments
would be particularly inappropriate while defense attorneys are seeking
a change of venue on the grounds that massive publicity has caused the
public to reach certain conclusions in advance of the trial.
"These conclusions are going to be reached having not
had the benefit of hearing about who this boy is, and how a person's
actions at any given moment are a product of his or her past experiences,"
Defense attorneys are seeking separate trials on the
events at Albertson's and the reported rape of an outcall dancer about
an hour before the shootings. In opposing this effort, prosecutors say
the two events are inextricably linked.
"It is the state's theory that the defendant intended
to satisfy two fantasies before taking his own life or permitting the
police to kill him," Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Koot wrote in
opposing the bid for separate trials.
These fantasies are described in statements made by
Floyd and the dancer, an Oregon native whom Floyd summoned to his
parents' home on Oakey Boulevard after a night of drinking and gambling.
The 20-year-old woman worked for Love Bound outcall
service, one of dozens of local businesses that dispatch dancers to
strip for customers, typically in a hotel room.
The woman told police Floyd grabbed a shotgun
immediately after she arrived at his home about 4 a.m. She said Floyd
told her she was going to help him fulfill "a sick fantasy inside of his
She said he raped and terrorized her for about an
hour, then donned combat boots and his Marine Corps camouflage shirt and
pants. He placed a bathrobe over his clothing, and before leaving the
home told the woman he planned to kill the first 19 people that he
About 15 minutes later, Floyd walked into the
Albertson's about a half-mile from his home and began firing. Four
employees were slain, and another was seriously wounded.
After he surrendered and was placed in a patrol car,
Floyd gave officers a taped statement in which he described the carnage
in ugly detail. He also reflected on the events that caused him to snap.
He told officers he had once again lost all his money
playing blackjack the night before. "I'm so (expletive) far in debt,
dude. The blackjack table's calling me, man," he said.
Floyd said he left the casino, went home, drank a few
beers and reflected on the sorry state of his life.
"I got nowhere to go in life, dude. You know, I'm a (expletive)
loser. I'm a bouncer, and I just moved back in with my parents," said
Floyd, who worked part time in a local bar and had recently been fired
from his job as a security guard.
Floyd told the officers that amid this introspection
a question popped into his head. "What would it be like to shoot
somebody?" he wondered to himself.
He later told a homicide detective this was not the
first time he contemplated this question. He traced this fascination
back to early childhood, when he saw his first war movie.
"I've always just wanted to go to war and kill people,
and you know that's why I joined the Marine Corps. That's the only
reason I joined the Marine Corps," he said.
Floyd was no more successful as a Marine than he was
as a civilian. Though he served four years and was honorably discharged
in July 1998, he said the Marines had made it clear he was not welcome
"I was basically forced out," the former machine-gunner
told the detective. "I had no chance of re-enlisting. It would have been
Floyd said he wanted to kill himself as he left the
supermarket and encountered police, but could not do it.
Though he hoped police would shoot him, he said he
had too much respect for law enforcement to draw their fire by pointing
the weapon at them.
Kirby, the former FBI profiler who now teaches at the
College of Notre Dame of Maryland, said others who commit multiple
homicides share Floyd's desire to be shot down.
"They are too cowardly to kill themselves, and if
they are killed by the police they go out in a greater blaze of glory.
Their name is remembered," said Kirby, who holds degrees in social
psychology, criminology and sociology-justice.
Kirby said Floyd exhibits many of the common traits
of people accused of committing multiple homicides.
Typically, these people begin to develop fantasies as
children, often to cope with some psychological problem or an unpleasant
"These fantasies are of a violent nature. They
fantasize violence and death," Kirby said.
These individuals usually are able to control the
fantasies through their teen years, then begin to act them out while in
their early 20s.
Many of the multiple killers Kirby has interviewed
refer to themselves as losers and underachievers. Often, they see the
military as a means to gain some validation, and at first the uniform
grants them a sense of power they had not previously enjoyed.
Yet dishonorable discharges are common among this
group, as they replicate the same pattern of failure they had hoped to
escape. "They are not exactly shining stars," Kirby said.
The violent fantasies nurtured since childhood
generally are put into action in response to a triggering event of some
sort, often involving a member of the opposite sex, Kirby said.
Authorities have said Floyd and his girlfriend had a
disagreement at the Rio the night of the rampage, when she wanted to
leave and he did not. But prosecutors have described this as more of a
spat than a full-blown argument.
Kirby said Floyd's decision to don camouflage before
trekking to Albertson's likely reflects the clothing he wore in the
bloody fantasy he had cultivated since childhood.
"He is going to war," she said. "When these
individuals finally act out their fantasy it is kind of like a script.
They have gone over and over it so many times in their mind that when
they finally act it out it is very familiar to them."
Rape charge to be
added against accused gunman
The Arizona Republic
June 8, 1999
A man accused of gunning down four
people in a supermarket also raped an escort service employee an hour
before the rampage and told her he planned to kill the first 19 people
he saw, prosecutors said Monday.
Zane Floyd, 23, was to be arraigned Monday on four
counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but prosecutor Bill
Koot asked for a delay until Wednesday to allow for time to add sexual
Killer turns store
into a war zone
Contra Costa Times
June 5, 1999
With four grocery store workers
already shot to death, a fifth wounded and others fleeing or hiding, the
killer apparently ran out of victims, an investigator said Friday.
"I think it's remarkable that we didn't end up with
more victims," Las Vegas Metro Police homicide Sgt. Kevin Manning said.
"We believe what happened was that he quit because there was no one else
4 slain, 1 hurt at
Las Vegas store
The Philadelphia Inquirer
June 4, 1999
A camouflage-clad man roamed through a
supermarket blasting workers with a shotgun early yesterday, killing
four people and critically wounding a fifth before being arrested by
officers who talked him out of taking his own life.
Police said Zane Floyd, 23, was armed with a shotgun
when he was taken into custody without incident outside the store.
Ex-marine kills 4 in
supermarket shooting spree
Watertown Daily Times
June 4, 1999
The first blast came suddenly, ripping
through a supermarket clerk tending to shopping carts just inside the
Then the muscular man with a shaved head began
chasing his panicking victims. One by one, workers were shot at close
range as they fled for their lives, their blood smearing the polished
aisles of the Albertsons store.
By the time the carnage ended early Thursday, four
employees were dead and another was critically wounded.
4 fatally shot in
grocery store; suspect arrested
June 4, 1999
LAS VEGAS -- A camouflage clad man
armed with a pump-action shotgun roamed through a suburban supermarket
before sunrise Thursday, killing four employees and wounding a fifth.
Police arrested him in the parking lot after talking him out of taking
his own life.
Las Vegas police were alerted by a 911 call from
inside the Albertsons supermarket as shots were being fired.
Zane Floyd, 23, a part-time bouncer at a sports bar
who was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in Camp Pendleton
less than a year ago, was arrested for investigation of murder and
Floyd's rage recalled
Seven witnesses recount a man's behavior and what
happened the day of a shooting at a local grocery store.
Seven witnesses gave harrowing accounts Wednesday of
how they survived the bloody morning when a shotgun-wielding man stormed
into a local Albertson's and killed four employees.
The most dramatic testimony came from 22-year-old
Zachary Emenegger, who provided jurors with a step-by-step narration of
the security videotape that captured his confrontation with murder
suspect Zane Floyd.
The gunman -- who defense attorneys acknowledge was
Floyd -- chased Emenegger around a produce island and shot him in the
back of the right shoulder.
He then stood over the victim, who just minutes
earlier had been stocking shelves, and fired another blast that struck
Emenegger in the arm.
"I figured I was going to have to play dead, so I
closed my eyes, jerked my whole body and lay there," Emenegger said. "He
leaned over me and said, `Yes, yes, you're dead.' "
Emenegger, now employed outside the grocery business,
has undergone extensive rehabilitation and multiple surgeries. He showed
no obvious infirmities and maintained his composure throughout his
Floyd, 24, looked down at the defense table as
Emenegger pointed toward him when asked to identify his assailant.
A total of 19 witnesses testified Wednesday in the
trial that began with jury selection Tuesday morning. Jurors this
morning will hear two taped confessions Floyd gave to police in the
hours after the shootings.
District Judge Jeffrey Sobel told jurors they likely
would begin their deliberations this afternoon. A penalty hearing would
begin Monday if jurors find Floyd guilty of first-degree murder.
Defense attorneys have conceded that Floyd raped an
outcall dancer and committed the shootings at the Albertson's, now
Raley's, at Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard. In seeking a life
sentence, they say his mind had become unhinged that morning.
Prosecutors contend the death penalty is the only
fitting punishment for the man responsible for the slayings. Clark
County District Attorney Stewart Bell said the killings made June 3,
1999, "a day Las Vegas will never forget."
Killed were Thomas Michael Darnell, 40, Carlos "Chuck"
Leos, 41, Dennis Troy Sargent, 31, and Lucille Tarantino, 60.
On Wednesday, six Albertson's employees and a woman
who was delivering flowers described the terror that ensued when those
inside the store realized an armed man was roaming the aisles.
Christine Goldsworthy, a bookkeeper, listened as
prosecutors played a tape of the emergency call she placed at 5:16 a.m.
from an elevated office at the front of the store.
"There's shots all over the place, please hurry," she
pleaded in the call.
Stephen Johnson, the produce manager, said he was
filling buckets with cut flowers when he heard the shots he initially
attributed to machinery backfiring. He hid in a produce cooler with a
customer and two employees of a flower wholesaler.
Johnson said he ventured outside after a period of
silence, and within seconds heard a man's voice.
"Hi, how are you? What's going on this morning?" he
heard the man say.
Johnson said he heard Tarantino say something he
could not discern, followed immediately by a gunshot. Johnson said he
quickly found a new hiding place.
Those remaining in the cooler heard the gunshot that
claimed Tarantino and were convinced that Johnson had been slain.
Pacific Floral employee Aimie West said she and a co-worker remained
inside the cooler for three hours.
Mark Schmitt, the meat manager, said he went to
investigate after hearing the initial blasts that a co-worker thought
might be gunfire. "That's when a customer ran through the meat room and
said there is a guy out there with a shotgun shooting people," he said.
Schmitt, a customer and two co-workers climbed a
ladder to an elevated compressor room that Schmitt was the last to enter.
"As I was going in there, starting to close the door,
that's when I observed the customer with the shotgun walking by. I had
an aerial view of him," he said.
Schmitt said the gunman held the gun at waist level
and panned it from side to side before him.
"He had the most evil look on his face you've ever
seen. He just wanted to kill," said Schmitt.
Kelly Pearce, a service deli clerk, was talking to
Leos when the shooting began. She ran to Linda Torres, the bakery
manager, and pulled her toward a nearby freezer.
Unable to believe her fellow employees' account,
Torres left the donuts she was preparing and walked toward the produce
section to see for herself.
"I saw a man there with a shotgun chasing another man,"
said Torres, who later learned she witnessed the attack on Emenegger.
She then joined Pearce in the freezer, where both
said they were able to hear a brief exchange between a man and Tarantino.
Torres said she could not hear the actual words, but said it ended with
a gun blast.
Pearce offered a more complete account, though a
defense attorney noted she told police she never heard the gunman speak.
"He either said, `Hi, how are you doing?' or, `Hi,
what are you doing?' " Pearce said.
"Oh my God," she said Tarantino responded a moment
before a shot rang out.
Security videotape captured the shooting of Emenegger,
who had passed Leos' body while fleeing toward a door at the rear of the
store. His flight to safety ended when Floyd exited another aisle and
blocked his path.
Emenegger ducked behind a produce island containing
watermelons, while Floyd took a position on the opposite side before
charging around and shooting the young man twice.
The videotape showed Floyd came back about a minute
later and peered down at Emenegger.
After Floyd again departed, Emenegger rose to his
feet, took several steps toward the rear door, then collapsed.
"I was trying to get to a phone to call 911," said
'I can't tell you why'
A murderer speaks to the court in front of 12
jurors who will decide whether he should die.
Sitting just a few feet from the 12 men and women who
soon will decide his fate, Zane Floyd faced courtroom spectators Tuesday
and stoically spoke about his fatal June 1999 shooting spree.
"There's not a whole lot I can say to the families of
the four people I killed," Floyd said after taking the witness stand. "I
can't take back what I've done. If there was any way I could, I would."
Floyd, 24, made the comment during the penalty phase
of his murder trial. He gave what is called an "unsworn statement,"
which meant prosecutors were not allowed to cross-examine him.
The same jury that convicted Floyd on Thursday of
four counts of first-degree murder soon will be asked to choose his
sentence. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, but defense
attorneys hope to persuade jurors to impose a life prison sentence
without the possibility of parole.
Floyd's statement to the jury gave no new insight
into what motivated him to open fire on June 3, 1999, inside an
He said he spends hours inside his jail cell each day
wondering what triggered the rampage.
"I can tell you I didn't kill those people for fun,"
he said. "I didn't do that -- not for fun."
After his arrest, Floyd told police he always had
wondered what it would be like to shoot someone. On Tuesday, the
defendant called his actions inexcusable.
"I know what I did, and I'm going to take
responsibility for what I did, but I can't tell you why I did it," he
Speaking deliberately and without emotion, Floyd
apologized for his conduct and said he will regret what he did for the
rest of his life.
Floyd's statement capped a full day of testimony
focusing on the young man's life.
Psychologist Edward Dougherty spoke for much of the
afternoon and said Floyd suffers from "mixed personality disorder with
borderline, paranoid and depressive features."
Dougherty also said Floyd continues to suffer from
attention-deficit disorder, for which he received treatment as a teen-ager.
The psychologist, who was hired by the defense, said
the symptoms of Floyd's mental disease were exacerbated by his long
history of drug and alcohol abuse.
"He's a very fragile personality," the witness said.
"He is mentally ill."
Dougherty said Floyd had some kind of "psychotic
break" on the morning of the shootings. "He snapped," the psychologist
Chief Deputy District Attorney Bill Koot was scolded
more than once by District Judge Jeffrey Sobel for being argumentative
during his cross-examination of the defense witness.
At one point, the prosecutor debated with the witness
about what qualifies a person as a sociopath.
Although Floyd has exhibited some anti-social
behaviors during his lifetime, Dougherty said, he is not a sociopath.
Sociopaths have no conscience, the psychologist told jurors.
"Zane has a conscience," the witness said. "It's
Prosecutors likely will call their own psychologist
to the witness stand this morning, and closing arguments are expected to
Floyd's parents testified Tuesday, as did a
psychiatrist who treated him when he was 13.
Dr. Norton Roitman said Floyd was taking Ritalin, a
stimulant used to treat attention-deficit disorder, when the boy was
referred to him in 1989.
Roitman said the medication was not working, so he
decided to prescribe an anti-depressant instead. The psychiatrist said
he has had no contact with Floyd since that year.
Floyd's father, Michael, who adopted him as a young
boy, said his son was in the first or second grade when a teacher said
the child needed to be placed in a special education program.
Michael Floyd said he rejected the idea, because he
believed such programs were "for retarded people."
The witness said he now regrets "not being smart
enough to realize" his son needed help.
Before the killings occurred, the witness said, he
was planning to have a heart-to-heart talk with his son, but he never
"I wanted to explain to him how tough this stage of
his life was going to be," Michael Floyd said.
The witness said he knew his son was trying to figure
out what to do with his life.
"It's very easy to get despondent, and I just wanted
to let him know I understood," he said.
After learning about the shootings, Michael Floyd
said, he went home and watched news accounts of his son's arrest.
"I saw an individual on television that I didn't
know," he testified.
Michael Floyd, who took long pauses and fought back
tears throughout his testimony, said he does not know what caused the
"But the son and the man I raised was incapable of an
act like this," he said.
Floyd's mother, Valerie, cried as she showed jurors
pictures of her son from his childhood.
She said she and her husband sent a letter to the
families of their son's victims shortly after the shootings to let them
know the couple's thoughts were with them, "and we were sorry."
"My heart's broken for them," said the woman, who
lost her first child to sudden infant death syndrome in 1974.
Zane Floyd was living in a guest house on his parents'
West Oakey Boulevard property at the time of the shootings.
The Albertson's store, now Raley's, was less than a
mile away at Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard.
Killed that morning were four store employees: Thomas
Darnell, 40, Carlos "Chuck" Leos, 41, Dennis Troy Sargent, 31, and
Lucille Tarantino, 60. Zachary Emenegger, 21, was shot twice but
Valerie Floyd said she and her husband moved to
another location about three months later.
"I couldn't stay in that house with the memories,"
she said. "I couldn't go to the store I had shopped at for 12 years. I
couldn't face people."