Walter Robert “Walt” Farley

Walter Robert “Walt” Farley

Birth
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Death 31 Dec 2008 (aged 93)
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, USA
Burial Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 32735773 · View Source
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LAKELAND – Walter "Walt" R. Farley passed away on December 31, 2008. Born on May 21, 1915 in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Lakeland after Hurricane Andrew, formerly of Homestead, FL. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII (Staff Sgt 226 Signal Service Company) as a Communications Instructor and Radio Repairman, and also a Nightwatch for Airforce One. He also was a U.S. Coast Guard Radio Operator and a Communications Technician for AT&T (retired 32 years). He was a member of Kathleen United Methodist Church, Lakeland Amateur Radio Club, National Association for Amateur Radio Club, Everglades Armature Radio Club, Kathleen Area Historical Society, QCWA; Life Member, Hamm Radio Club and Telephone Pioneers: Sunshine Life Member Club. He was also an Auburndale Library Volunteer. He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lorretta M. Van Dyke, parents Walter and Caroline Farley, and brother Wilbur Farley. He is survived by his son, Robert L. (Mary) Farley, and like family the Twillman Family, Jay Hill and Ed Reames all of Lakeland. A private graveside service will be held today Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. Lakeland Funeral Home is serving the family. Online guest book available at www.lakelandfuneralhome.com
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Son Charged With Killing 93-Year-Old Father
By Shoshana Walter
THE LEDGER
Published: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 11:32 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 10:48 p.m.
The Sheriff's Office dive team has recovered the .38 caliber handgun from Lake Wire that authorities say Robert Farley used to kill his father, the Sheriff's Office said.
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Farley was arrested this morning and charged in his father's death.
The Sheriff's Office began the homicide and home invasion investigation after Farley and his wife arrived back at their home on New Year's Day to find Farley's father, 93-year-old Walter Farley, dead of multiple gunshot wounds. The house had been rummaged through and a radio, collectible model cars and framed photos of Walter Farley had been taken, Sheriff Grady Judd said this morning. Farley lived with his wife at his father's home at 7931 Indian Heights Drive, north of Duff Road in Lakeland. Before turning their focus to Farley, authorities ruled out a number of suspects, including eight door-to-door magazine salesmen seen walking around the neighborhood that night.
Investigators realized the timetable for Robert Farley's story did not check out after watching surveillance video from the Red Rose Inn, where he had stayed New Year's Eve. They interviewed him again Friday. They kept Farley under surveillance and followed him to his house today to execute another search warrant. Upon arrival, Farley confessed to the crime and led detectives to Lake Wire, where he said he had discarded the gun, Judd said.
According to Judd, Farley told investigators the following story:
Because of a serious illness, Farley's wife, Mary, takes medication that causes her to sleep. After arriving at the Red Rose Inn on Dec. 31, she took the medicine and went to bed for a two-hour nap. When she fell asleep about 6 p.m., Farley returned to his house and told his father he intended to divorce his wife because he knew her illness would eventually leave her in a wheelchair. He and Walter Farley began to argue and the argument turned physical.
Judd said Walter Farley was shot at close range four to five times, in the hands, chest and hip. Robert Farley left his father at the house and returned to the Red Rose Inn, Judd said. Mary Farley was still sleeping at that time, he said. Authorities are not considering Farley's wife a suspect in the case. About 9 a.m. Jan. 1, he and his wife returned home, found Walter Farley dead in the hallway outside his office, and called 911.
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Robert Farley Pleads Guilty to Killing Father
By JASON GEARY / THE LEDGER
Posted May 22, 2009 at 9:36 PM
A Lakeland man who said he gunned down his 93-year-old father because he was tired of his complaining pleaded guilty to first-degree muder.
BARTOW | A Lakeland man who told detectives he gunned down his 93-year-old father because he was tired of putting up with his complaining pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree murder. Circuit Judge J. Michael Hunter sentenced Robert Farley to life in prison. Farley, 63, took a plea deal rather than risk a possible death sentence in the fatal shooting of his father, Walter. At first, Walter Farley’s death was investigated as a possible home-invasion robbery. But later, Robert Farley admitted to detectives he sneaked out from a New Year’s Eve date with his wife to kill his dad. Then he went back to the Red Rose Inn in Plant City and danced and sang in the new year. Wayne Durden, a spokesman with the State Attorney’s Office, said several factors were considered before allowing Robert Farley to accept the plea agreement for life imprisonment. Robert Farley was willing to accept responsibility for his actions and to give up his right to an appeal, Durden said. Prosecutors also considered his age and lack of prior criminal history, Durden said. To argue for the death penalty, prosecutors would have had to rely on a single aggravating circumstance, the killing of Walter Farley was cold, calculated and premeditated, Durden said. Robert Farley was tired of putting up with his father’s “stubborn” and “crotchety” manner, and wanted to get rid of him, according to reports and transcripts of detectives’ interviews with Farley. “He made my life hell,” Robert Farley said of his father in a transcript.
Robert Farley told detectives about devising an intricate plan to shoot his father on New Year’s Eve and to disguise the killing as a botched home invasion, according to investigative reports. Robert Farley said he figured holiday fireworks would mask any gunfire, and he purchased hollow-point ammunition specifically for the slaying.
As an alibi, he made reservations for an evening of dinner and dancing with his wife, Mary, at the Red Rose Inn in Plant City. Mary Farley could not be reached for comment Friday.
When she was taking a nap at the inn, Robert Farley said, he sneaked back to the house on Indian Heights Drive and shot his father multiple times. He ransacked the home to look like someone stole things and mailed some items to a relative so he could retrieve them later.
He threw the .38-caliber pistol into Lake Wire and then went back to party with his wife at the inn. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has released a video taken at the Red Rose Inn showing Robert Farley’s dancing with his wife and his singing the Temptations classic, “Papa was a Rolling Stone”.
Initially, Robert Farley told detectives that he and his wife came home on Jan. 1 and discovered his father had been shot by an unknown intruder.
But detectives examined surveillance footage from the inn and found Robert Farley left during the previous evening and, under further questioning, Farley confessed to killing his father.


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