Rose Connors was found unclothed and murdered in the master bedroom of her estate on the morning of March 28, 1994. Connors was severely beaten and suffered from other serious wounds such as a stab wound in the back, a fractured larynx, and a slashed throat. According to medical examiners, the actual cause of death was the injury to Connors’ neck, which severed the jungular vein. There was no real evidence of sexual battery, except a few bruises on Connors’ thigh area, suggesting that her legs were being forced apart.
Prior to the murder, Lott provided lawn services for Connors at her home. On the day of the murder Lott and Raymond Fuller intended to rob Connors when they ran out of money and were not able to buy drugs.
Together, they devised a plan to rob Connors whereby Fuller was the designated robber and Lott was the designated driver. During the robbery, Lott and Fuller were under the influence of crystal meth and cocaine. The robbery did not go as planned once Connors escaped from Fuller and scurried out of her house. She was instantly caught and dragged back into her home by Lott, who was hiding in some bushes outside her home.
According to Lott, he beat Connors because she was retaliating like a “maniac” and had to kill her because she could identify him and he would be sent to prison as a result. After murdering Connors, Lott and Fuller left her home with a diamond tennis bracelet. Later in the evening, Lott returned to the scene of the crime to clean up.