Kevin Foster (murderer)

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Kevin Foster
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Mug shot of Kevin Foster
Born Kevin Donald Bates
(1977-06-16) June 16, 1977 (age 39)
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
Criminal penalty Death sentence
Criminal status Incarcerated at Union Correctional Institution
Conviction(s) First-degree murder, attempted murder, arson, armed robbery[1]

Kevin Donald Foster (born Kevin Donald Bates; June 16, 1977) is an American murderer.

Background and murder[edit]

Foster was the leader of the Young Lords of Chaos, a self-styled teen militia group.

On April 30, 1996, Foster and three of the group's members — Chris Black, Pete Magnotti and Derek Shields, — went to the home of Riverdale High School music teacher Mark Schwebes at the behest of Black after Schwebes caught him and another boy preparing to tag the school hours earlier. Shields, who was in Schwebes' class, knocked on his door, and when Schwebes answered, Foster shot him twice with a shotgun, killing him.

Trial, conviction, and appeals[edit]

Foster was convicted of first-degree murder, and was sentenced to death; Magnotti was sentenced to 32 years in prison; Black and Shields were each sentenced to life in prison. Foster had declined a plea deal and advanced an alibi defense. Three other members of the Lords of Chaos group pleaded guilty in a deal in exchange for their testimony.[2]

Foster and his mother were later convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for planning retaliation murders against the members of the Lords of Chaos who testified against him in the original trial. They were charged with the crime in 2000, after having approached author Jim Greenhill for help in the plan. Instead, Greenhill reported it to police.[3] His mother was given five years in prison, and he was given an additional sentence concurrent with his death penalty.[4]

Foster's appeal of his conviction in the original Lords of Chaos case was heard by the Florida Supreme Court and denied in 2000.[5]

Foster returned to Lee County, Florida court in 2011 hoping to at least get a new penalty phase. This was based on a theory of inadequate representation, in particular that his counsel at the time did not present sufficient evidence about mental health defects.[6] The court declined.[7]

Media attention[edit]

The case was the subject of a 2006 episode of Dateline NBC.[4] It was also the subject of the book Someone Has to Die Tonight by Jim Greenhill.[8] The case is also mentioned on the Criminal Minds episode "3rd Life".


  1. ^ "Inmate Population Information Detail - Kevin D. Foster". Florida Department of Corrections. Retrieved February 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Leisner, Pat (12 March 1998). "Lords of Chaos Leader Convicted". Lakeland Ledger. AP. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lords of Chaos gang leader, mom sentenced for murder conspiracy". The Florida Times-Union AP. 5 June 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Dateline NBC transcript of its show on Young Lords of Chaos
  5. ^ Foster v State, SC93372 (Supreme Court of Florida 7 September 2000).
  6. ^ "Former Lords of Chaos leader back in court". count on 2 first. WBBH. 26 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Miller, Barry (11 July 2011). "Lords of Chaos ringleader's bid to overturn death sentence DENIED". Fox 4. WFTX-TV. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Kevin Foster: Florida Death Row Inmate". 

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