Accused murderer guilty on all counts in killing of ex-Prudential CEO

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – An accused murderer was found guilty of all charges on trial for the killing of a former executive at the worldwide financial company, Prudential.

Robert Loveland, 25, was accused of entering Leslie Ralson’s South Fort Myers home with two other men and pistol whipping the retired executive before stealing prescription drugs and jewelry.

He was found guilty on Wednesday of four felonies including robbery with a firearm, battery, burglary with assault and homicide, according to a source.

Loveland claims that Ralson’s wife, Eileen Shultz, arranged her husband’s murder, later blaming him and two other men. However, detectives have cleared Shultz of involvement after a thorough investigation.

Ralson had retired to Captiva after serving as Prudential’s CEO. He then moved to South Fort Myers when he married Shultz. He died a month after Loveland’s alleged home robbery.

The state attorney and doctors said that the assualt in his home led to Ralson’s death.

Loveland was a career thief with arrests dating back to 2009 when he was 18. He has been in jail since January 2014.

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