SEFFNER, Fla. - Charles Anthony Foster, 23, made his first appearance in front of a judge Wednesday morning. Foster faces two counts of first degree murder and two counts of robbery with a weapon.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies say Foster killed Joshua Deas, 24, and his roommate Kenneth Simmons, 34, Sunday afternoon in their mobile home at 1014 North Parsons Avenue in Seffner.
Investigators say Foster tried using Deas' ATM card and attempted to cash a check from Simmons' checking account. He was also caught driving Simmons' car on a store's surveillance camera and trying to pawn some of Deas' personal property.
Deputies say some sort of ax or hatchet was used to kill both men in the mobile home. Deas' mother, Karen Deas, found both of them on the floor of the home when she went looking for her son. She initially went to pick him up from work, but when told he never showed up, she went looking for him. She said when she finally got inside the home, there was blood splattered everywhere.
In a phone interview Wednesday morning, Karen Deas says she is relieved the killer is off the streets, but she wants to see justice for her son. To add to her heartache, deputies say it appears the victims were friends with their attacker. Karen Deas says she has even seen him before.
"I knew him, he was a friend of my son's for years," Deas said. "Our thing is we want him to get what's coming to him in a way to put it."
Foster was denied bond in Wednesday's first appearance. A motive in the case still hasn't been released as the investigation is ongoing.