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Accused killer represents self in Pinellas court

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Shanessa Chappie was killed in 2011. Now her accused killer is on trial. Shanessa Chappie was killed in 2011. Now her accused killer is on trial.
HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

Soft spoken and disheveled, 37 year old William Routenberg acted as his own attorney in his second degree murder trial in a Pinellas courtroom today.  Pinellas Judge Keith Meyer gave him several opportunities to call in a defense attorney,"If at any moment you change your mind and want to appoint a defense attorney, you let me know."

Routenberg is charged with murdering his 24 year old girlfriend Shanessa Chappie in 2011.  In opening statements, prosecutor Della Connolly described how he killed her."He stabbed her in the neck and as she lay there dying,did he help her? Did he call paramedics? Did he take her to the hospital?,"said Connolly.

She told jurors how investigators found Chappie buried in the backyard of the home they shared in the Highpoint neighborhood in mid-Pinellas county.  Routenberg countered, talking directly to jurors he said, "Please come back with a verdict of not guilty after you hear all the evidence."

Routenberg has a long criminal history. When he was 14 years old, he was convicted of raping an 11 year old girl at Riviera Middle School.   If convicted of second degree murder he could face life in prison.

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