Watch Oneal’s opening in the video above.
Opening statements took place Monday in the murder trial of Ronnie Oneal III, 32, who is representing himself against charges that he murdered his girlfriend Kenyatta Barron and their 9-year-old daughter Ron’Niveya Oneal. The murders were allegedly witnessed by the couple’s 8-year-old son, who survived.
“Within seconds of kicking the door in, that garage door started to open. These deputies will tell you that a little boy trotted out of that garage, bent over holding himself like this, and he made it to the middle of that yard before he collapsed,” the state said.
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Barron was beaten and shot to death, authorities said in a Tampa Bay Times report. Ron’Niveya was stabbed. The daughter, who was non-verbal and on the autism spectrum, was killed with a hatchet, authorities said on Monday.
The 8-year-old boy survived with bad burns, a collapsed lung, and what was described as a gaping wound to his belly, authorities said. The surviving child was ultimately adopted by a sheriff’s deputy. A 911 call showed Oneal claiming “white demons” inside of Barron had attacked him.
“She tried to kill me,” he allegedly said.
Oneal was declared incompetent for trial in 2018 but follow-up examinations cleared him.
Prosecutors seek the death penalty. When warned by Hillsborough Circuit Judge Michelle Sisco about the potential consequences of losing the case, Oneal…