Santa Rosa Man Sentenced To Death In Double Murder Case

December 1, 2012

A Milton man that shot a couple to death in 2010 and left the bodies along a dirt road has been sentenced to death.

Robert Hobart, 43, shot and killed Tracie Tolbert and Robert Hamm in September 2010 in order to steal prescription drugs from them.  Following the jury’s recommendation, Judge David Rimmer sentenced Hobart to death for killing Tolbert and imposed a life sentence for the death of Hamm.

Hobart was a suspect early in the investigation and arrested by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office after he was implicated by conclusive forensic evidence. Investigators said ballistics tests matched the weapon to both the shell casings and the bullets recovered from the crime scene.

The murders were discovered after a resident of Jesse Allen Road called authorities to report what looked like a large amount of blood in Jesse Allen Road. When deputies arrived, they found the two bodies on opposite sides of the roadway. Tolbert and Hamm had been shot in their heads.

Jesse Allen Road runs west off Highway 87, about 18 miles south of Jay and not far from Central High School.


7 Responses to “Santa Rosa Man Sentenced To Death In Double Murder Case”

  1. James Wright on May 9th, 2015 1:47 pm

    I grew up with Bobby and it is sad to see him going from my best friend as a kid to death row. I also knew the victims and just all around sad. Praying for all of them.

  2. David Huie Green on December 3rd, 2012 9:19 am

    “I believe once you have been found guilty of a murder, you should be taken straight out of the court room to a firing squad , and take your punishment right then ,”

    It is fine for you to believe it, but the fact remains that the Constitution guarantees the right to appeal a verdict. Even if courts made no mistakes, the right to appeal is there. We could amend the Constitution to take away that right but until we do so, we all have it.

    David for obeying the supreme law of the land

  3. kathy on December 2nd, 2012 9:31 am

    I believe once you have been found guilty of a murder, you should be taken straight out of the court room to a firing squad , and take your punishment right then , I am not trying to sound cold but two people lost there life that day, there should be know questions ask.

  4. DJS on December 2nd, 2012 8:45 am

    405 people sit on death row in Florida alone. It’s interesting to see their conviction date and know they still sit on death row. It’s amazing to hear time after time that our prisons are over crowded. Well, a solution in my opinion start putting that needle to use and execute the death row inmates. I don’t dispute they have a right to an appeal, but it shouldn’t take years. The crimes they committed more than likely took less than a week to commit, therefore, why give them years to appeal? They didn’t consider the victim, nor their families.

    Classic example: William Kelley, 1st degree murder, offense date 10/3/66, conviction date 4/24/84, date of birth 12/8/42. There are many others with date of conviction back in the early 70″s.

  5. Ditto mick on December 1st, 2012 11:22 pm

    I wonder if all states have as many appeals as Florida. A good friend of mine was murdered there over 22 years ago – her murderer got the death sentence – and he’s still sitting there – on death row – free room and board courtesy of the tax payers.

  6. mick on December 1st, 2012 3:59 pm

    These death sentences should be carried out swiftly…too many in prisons already…no more burdens on the taxpayer to all who refuse to be a part of decent society and commit these horrible crimes…

  7. R.G. KURTZ on December 1st, 2012 10:43 am

    THANK YOU :)

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