A Pasco County, Florida, grand jury has indicted John Ditullio, 20, a member of a racist skinhead group called the American Nazis, on charges of first degree murder and attempted first degree murder for an alleged knife attack on neighbors in New Port Richey in March 2006.
During the incident a 45-year old woman was slashed with a knife and a teenaged friend of her son was stabbed to death.
Members of the group lived in a mobile home that they had covered with swastika and Nazi flags. Their mobile home was next door to the trailer where the attack took place. Members of the group who lived or hung out at the mobile home reportedly had frequent altercations with residents and visitors at the trailer next door. The victim, who is white, has suggested that the harassment occurred because she received frequent visits by an African-American man at her home.
Ditullio, who was arrested at the trailer on March 23 following the stabbing incident, told law enforcement that he was a "recruit" in the American Nazis at the time of the incident, with two weeks left before admittance as a full member. Ditullio has claimed the attack was committed by a different member of the group.
The leader of the American Nazis, Brian "Zero" Buckley, was convicted in October 2006 on felony burglary charges for breaking into the same trailer earlier in March. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
Ditullio has said he will represent himself during his trial. In a separate case, Ditullio has also been charged with aggravated domestic battery, assault, and witness tampering for an alleged attack against his former girlfriend at the American Nazis' trailer in February 2006.