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Mother of quadruplets
killed in Sarasota

Sheila Sheila Bellush, 35, was found dead in her home Nov. 7, 1997, her quadruplet toddlers wandering through her blood. Suspected in the murder is 21-year-old Jose Luis Del Toro Jr., who was arrested Nov. 20, 1997, in Mexico. Two others also have been arrested in connection with the murder. Jose

The story so far
Reno to decide murder penalty
The attorney general will determine whether prosecutors should seek the death penalty for Allen Blackthorne. [1/7/00]

Bellush's former husband indicted
A federal grand jury in Texas indicts Allen Blackthorne in the murder of Sheila Bellush, mother of quadruplets. [1/5/00]

Conspirators in Texas for questioning
Federal authorities are questioning two men convicted in Sheila Bellush's death. [11/9]

A rich man plays golf, dotes on his children, loves his wife. But is he also capable of murder? The Story Somewhere, the truth
[Times photo: Lisa DeJong]
  • Did Blackthorne do it?
    The police say the trail leads from the body of Sheila Bellush, through three men, to her ex-husband, Allen Blackthorne. [Aug. 15, 1999]

Suspected hit man in Bellush case pleads not guilty
A public defender enters the plea on behalf of Jose Luis Del Toro, who didn't attend the court hearing and remains jailed. (July 15, 1999)

Del Toro jailed in Florida as questions linger
Still unexplained are the 20-month delay in the extradition and the role of the victim's ex-husband. (July14, 1999)

Bellush suspect flown to Florida
The man accused of killing the mother of quadruplets in 1997 is extradited from Mexico. (July 13, 1999)

Life without "Mommy"
Jamie Bellush moved his family to New Jersey for a fresh start. But pain -- and struggle -- followed them. (July 6, 1998)

Court releases prosecutors' documents in Bellush case
The evidence shown Monday includes statements from the murder victim's teenage daughter. (June 23, 1998)

Husband campaigns for justice at capital
His wife was murdered in Sarasota. He pleads in the media and at the the Mexican Embassy to extradite the American suspect without delay. (June 17, 1998)

One pleads guilty in Sarasota killing
A first-degree murder charge was filed against a second defendant Friday, while a third suspect jailed in Mexico continues to fight extradition. (June 13, 1998)

Family confident justice will prevail (Sarasota Herald-Tribune: May 7, 1998)
Private eye must open files to police (Jan. 29, 1998)
Suspect to talk about role in slaying (Dec. 20, 1997)
Del Toro won't face death penalty (Dec. 18, 1997)
Husband wants suspect extradited (Dec. 3, 1997)
Suspect in Bellush murder agrees to extradition (Dec. 1, 1997)
Mexico will not deport suspect (Nov. 23, 1997)
Mexico will deport suspect arrested in Sarasota murder (Nov. 22, 1997)
Slaying suspect arrested (Nov. 21, 1997)
Suspect in murder to fight extradition (Nov. 20, 1997)
Links unfold in killing of Sarasota mother (Nov. 19, 1997)
Two arrested in Sarasota murder (Nov. 18, 1997)
Mexican police not looking for suspect (Nov. 16, 1997)
$10,000 reward goes up for suspect (Nov. 15, 1997)
Sheila Bellush remembered at service for her love, faith (Nov. 14, 1997)
Suspect who gets to Mexico hard to get back (Nov. 14, 1997)
Portrait of a murder suspect (Nov. 13, 1997)
Police hunt drifter in quadruplet case (Nov. 12, 1997)
Court files show couple was troubled (Nov. 11, 1997)
Mother's slayer knew her, police say (Nov. 9, 1997)


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