The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on February 18, 1988 · 8
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The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida · 8

Bradenton, Florida
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Thursday, February 18, 1988
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A-8 The Bradenton Herald Thursday February 18 1988 9 f t it Wife of gunshot victim: ‘I just can’t believe this’ KATE MURPHY Herald Staff Writer Mary Otteni stood in her Palmetto driveway Wednesday afternoon and shivered “It’s just senseless” she said ‘ Earlier her husband David Otteni had been shot and his coworker stabbed to death in the parking lot of DeSoto Center Police are looking for the estranged husband of the dead woman “What would make someone do something like that?” Mary Otteni asked ' Her 44-year-old husband was listed in critical condition at Manatee Memorial Hospital on Wednesday night - “How do you tell a 9-year-old that her father has been shot?” Mary Otteni shooting victim's wife ' Pennsylvania have been married nine years and Mary Otteni described her husband as a homebody who loves to polish his vintage 1938 Ford It rested in its parking space in the garage gleaming from care “He doesn’t like to- drive it at lit or in the rain” said Dorothy Annette Buriiside who worked with Otteni at Conley Buick apparently died of multiple chest wounds Authorities were searching for Burnside’s estranged husband James Burnside 51 in connection with the stabbing death and shooting The attack took place about noon Wednesday in the parking lot to the west of the John V Schulte CoTWaterbed Sleep Shop in the center at 600 US 301 Blvd W When Mary Otteni came home after her husband’s surgery she said she had the terrible task of telling her three children ranging in age from 9 to 17 about the attack “How do you tell a 9-year-old that her father has been shot?” she asked ' Mary Otteni was working in the beauty shop in Palmetto that husband owns and she manages when she learned that her husband had been shot The sales manager of Conley Buick where her husband has worked for the last nine years as a dalesman came to the beauty parlor to tell her about it The couple both originally from luley Mary Otteni’s mother Mary Otteni didn’t know the details of the shooting and the stabbing and wasn't sure what could have provoked it “It was around noon and they were probably going to lunch” she said “Dave just happened to be there” She did remember her husband telling her that Annette Burnside’s husband had been coming into the dealership “He had been talking about Annette’s husband and that he had come into' work and bothered her” 'she said “I think (James Burnside) had been causing trouble" Her eyes red from crying Mary ms and shook Otteni folded her arms i her head “I just cant believe this has happened” she said — — — — o n jj JJ1 S3 a — - — " rn f Jm Ffti p'tf I'tTggriraai siv' rf f4 V r v f r A r: vV - 1 i r JENNFER TEETEB Bradenton HtrW James Burnside borrowed a neighbor's van and then went to find his wife during her lunch hour CARSON BALDWNBradantan HerakM Annette Burnside whose shoe Bes near the place she was attacked later died of her wounds TRAGEDY From A-1 sour cream and onion potato chips The next thing I know he was driving out with Harold's van” About 30 minutes later Otteni and Annette Burnside were in a parking space at DeSoto Center 600 US 301 Blvd W when authorities said a man believed to be James Burnside pulled behind them in a beige Chevy van blocking their exit Otteni told die man to move “They were yelling and when I heard the racket I ran” said May-me Carney 83 of Bradenton “I heard gunfire and screaming I ran into the waterbed store and told them to call an ambulance" ' Carney said she knew Otteni — she had bought three cars from him at Conley Buick ' Otteni was shot first and then Annette Bumsids was stabbed i Otteni staggered into the John V Schulte Co Waterbeds store 4 ' V i f 17 x --TV YfV'r r'Ser' Mm rv-o' " ft-nT' I Mix “Dave was staggering and run-said “I saw all that ning” Carney saL blood all over him and that hole in his stomach” Otteni told people in the store there was a woman outside "God God God" Otteni screamed store manager Dominic Asta said “(Annette) got to the sidewalk and fell” Carney said “She was laying in a pool of her blood” Annette Burnside was not h- breathing and had no pulse when paramedics arrived One of the ' ' -J-i Mi- ' v ? t ' V‘i V i t v - fjk i 1 a i r x :V J f vV' v’-'' hi i f f -6k ” stab wounds lacerated her heart paramedic Ron Rich said The killer ran into nearby woods Deputies searched the area with dogs but found no one Dozens of law enforcement officials including Sheriff Charlie Weils combed Manatee County on Wednesday searching for Burnside They went to the fishing village of Cortes where at one time James Burnside kept a 28-foot sailboat he built himself They went to a pawn shop on 14th Street West thinking Burnside was there — but turned up nothing James Burnside had not been found late Wednesday night Witnesses said he was last seen wearing a plaid shirt They de- Spsosl to Tlw HsraU James Burnside is a suspect in his wife's death “Jim said he found out she was going out with someone else before they broke up He said he was going to kill her family all 30 of them I didn’t take him serious He came over and he asked me to poison him He said 'If you kill me you can have my truck and my insurance policy' I think he’d gone mad ” Dinah White suspect's friend scribed him as a rugged-looking man balding with dark hair had lived but Brewer the duplex was vacant Annette Burnside left the duplex in No vember and James Burnside moved out after Christmas “It wss really a shock to us when the left because they seemed to have gotten along so well” said Pam Brewer 4912 24th St W Pam and Dale Brewer lived next door to the Burnsides Annette and James Burnside were married six years met at the former Family permarket "She was a bag girl and he worked in the meat department” Dinah White said “He married her when she was sixteen “Jim said he found out she was going out with someone else before they broke up” White said “He said ha was going to kill her family ali 30 of them I didn’t take him serious” After moving out of the duplex James Burnside slept in the back of his Dodge Ram pickup Sometimes he parked it in the vacant lot next to White’s house other times he would stay in parking lots on Cortes Road He kept his belongings in had a bed White’s garage He some pillows and boxes of family pictures and mementos “They were married six years and he just went nuts over her” White said Uanateo County homicidon Thor have been'17 homicides In Manatee County In the iaet ’ 12 months Feb 17 1988 — Annette Burnside 25 was stabbed to death in the parking lot of DeSoto Center shopping plaza Her husband James Bumaide 51 la a suspect Feb 12 1988 — John Chestnut 35 was shot to death at ‘ Ninth Street East and Ninth Avenue by Bradenton Police Officer ' Leta Moniack The shooting Is atl under Investigation Feb 9 1988 — WHHam O’Neal 37 was stabbed to death in hia parents’ home at 1538 23rd Ave W Palmetto Police stilt are looking for Ns kHer Dec 22 1987 — Ida Souta 70 of 4104 Cocoanut Terrace was kited Kenneth McCatty Koenig 40 was intfcted in the ' death - Dec 20 1987 — Paul David Rees 30 of 107 24th St N Bradenton Beach died after he was hit in the head A 17-year-oW girl ia a suspect in the homicide and the case is ati under ' Investigation Dec 14 1987 — Jacques Theamitua was shot and kHed in his home at 1001 35th Ave Drive E Authorities are looking for the gunmen who shot him Dec 2 1987 — Gerardo Flores 22 of Palmetto was shot and killed after a spat with his next-door neighbor The death was ruled a justifiable homicide - Nov 24 1987 — Bobbie Jo Fltta 20 of 1 1 13 16th Ave W (fied of asphyxiation Her murder has not been solved ' Oct 16 1987 — Freddie Daniels was shot to death at his home 251 1 Ninth Ave Drive E Palmetto His brother James Daniels was charged In the slaying Sept 6 1987 — Victor C Palacios 41 was shot to death to an argument RosaDo Hernandez 41 of 303 Eighth St W was arrested and charged Aug 18 1987 — Trooper Jeffrey 0 Young of the Florida Highway Patrol was shot to death during a traffic stop on i Interstate 75 Daniel Bums 42 of Highland Park Mich was arrested and charged with the killing Aug 17 1987 — Todd McAfee 27 of Myakka City was1 found shot to death Authorities are stil looking for his killer July 7 1987 — Joshua Ingram 59 was shot to death at 1219 Seventh St ENa home of 30 years Ingram's girlfriend ' Denise Newsome 25 of 2216 15th Ave E was sentenced to life In prison for the first-degree murder June 5 1987 — Darryl Graham 22 of 2420 Eighth Ave W-Palmetto was shot to death in a vacant lot Two Palmetto youths were charged in connection with the killing April 15 1987 — Sam BeKucdo's body was found in the Manatee River weighed down by a heavy rusty chain The killing ia unsolved March 12 1987 — Dr Kenneth Pfeifer 42 was shot to death In his home at 5903 Flotilla Dr Holmes Beach Janet Pfeifer goes on trial next month March 4 1987 — Tammy Edwards 17 of Bradenton was killed behind a house at 401 10th Ave Drive W Pofice are sti looking for her killer 1jVLk Si' i-Miiv-

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