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Suspect in pregnant woman's death found near crime scene

The man apparently was asleep in a chair.

By Aaron Sharockman, Times Staff Writer
Published March 9, 2008


LEALMAN - Pinellas sheriff's deputies have arrested the man involved in Friday's stabbing death of a pregnant mother of two young children.

Deputies found Christopher Robertson, 41, sitting in a car port early Saturday morning near the mobile home where authorities say he killed 22-year-old Anna Marie Kasvicis.

Robertson and Kasvicis had gotten into an argument over groceries and, according to a witness, Roberston grabbed a butcher knife and stabbed Kasvicis in the chest.

Robertson, who recently was released from jail, had been living with Kasvicis' fiance, Robert Piccolo, 20, at Palace Mobile Home Park on 54th Avenue North near Interstate 275.

Kasvicis was two months pregnant, and she had two other young children.

Kasvicis' grandfather, Charles Beaver, said Saturday that he and his wife had tried to keep Kasvicis away from Piccolo and his friends. Piccolo had met Robertson in jail and allowed him to stay at the home.

"We tried to discourage that relationship," said Beaver, who with his wife had raised Kasvicis since she was 1. "He (Piccolo) was never allowed here."

A cheerleader who graduated from Gibbs High School, Kasvicis had problems with drugs but was trying to turn her life around, her grandfather said.

She was supposed to start a new job Saturday night.

"She was a good girl," he said.

Authorities launched a manhunt for Roberston Friday, but in the end, found him not far from where the murder happened.

Valerie Spire, 54, was resting on the couch of her mobile home shortly after midnight on Saturday when a swarm of sheriff's deputies converged on her carport.

Robertson, it turns out, had fallen asleep on a beach chair in the carport next to Spire's unit.

"All I heard was all this yelling," Spire said. "'Get down on the ground! Get down on the ground!' I guess he passed out sitting in our lawn chair."

Robertson, who in the past has faced charges of aggravated battery and kidnapping, confessed to killing Kasvicis, deputies said.

He is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail.