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Police arrest son, 2 others after Ocoee woman found dead

Everett Pate, age 19, was arrested in connection with the death of his mother in Ocoee.  Haylie Ellis and Shakir Ricketts are believed to be accomplices. 07-16-13 (Orange County Police Dept.)
Everett Pate, age 19, was arrested in connection with the death of his mother in Ocoee. Haylie Ellis and Shakir Ricketts are believed to be accomplices. (Orange County Police Dept.)
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Updated: 7/17/2013 11:32 am
OCOEE, Fla. (WFTV) -- Homicide investigators arrested the son of an Ocoee mother found dead in her home on Monday, along with two other people.

Investigators said Everett Pate, the victim's 19-year-old son, is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Ocoee police said they went to the Lancer Circle house to check on the well-being of a resident Monday. But when police arrived, they found 52-year-old Rosemary Pate dead inside.

Haylie Ellis, 19, and Shakir Ricketts, 20, are charged with accessory after the fact and tampering with physical evidence.

Pate was taken into custody Tuesday morning on unrelated charges and is being held at the Orange County Booking and Receiving Facility. Ellis and Ricketts are being transported to the BRC.

Investigators said additional charges are likely and no other suspects are sought.

Neighbors told WFTV Channel 9 they would normally see Pate or her son nearly every day, but hadn't seen either one in the two days before police found Pate's body.

Channel 9's Jeff Deal found Pate had a restraining order against her son, Everett Pate, last October.

In her petition for an injunction against him, Pate said she was afraid that her son might kill her.

Pate wrote, "My son's lifestyle and shady friends makes me fear for my life."

She claimed her son told her, "If I weren't on probation, I would kill you," and she said he even kept her hostage in the home.

"I heard a bang yesterday. Could have been a firecracker, could have been a gunshot, could have been a car backfire," said neighbor Al Mortensen.

Investigators have not yet said how Pate died.

"She was very active, very thoughtful, very conscientious, very wonderful woman, and she will be missed," said Rosemary Pate's niece, Tiffany Kelly.

Family members said Pate was a hardworking woman who was a manager at Lockheed Martin for nearly 30 years. They said she mentored children, and recently completed a 70-mile bike ride to help raise money to fight diabetes.

"When hurricane victims were here, she cooked for them. She was that kind of person," said Kelly. "It is absolutely a priority for my family to have peace; to find out what happened."

Video: WFTV Orlando
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