TAMPA, Fla. - In a moment of rage, prosecutors say, Anthony Kaptzan grabbed a knife and stabbed his father Alex to death. He tried to kill his mother too, but somehow, she survived the attack.
Now Ivette Kaptzan is asking the judge for a surprising request. She wants face-to-face jail visits with her son.
"It’s been several months since I’ve seen my son. I know we’re in a difficult situation but we’d adhere to every rule that you laid out for us last time that you granted our telephone conversations. We speak every night, we have not broken any rules, we have not addressed the case in any way. I need to be able to lay eyes on my son," Ivette said.
She went on to explain that has forgiveness in her heart, but there is emptiness too. "Especially during this holiday time where it’s very difficult. He’s in a very depressed state and I think it would be helpful to him to be able to see me," Ivette continued.
However, prosecutor Matthew Smith was against it. He said if the court grants the face-to-face visitations, he wants them recorded at the jail.
Hillsborough Judge Mark Kiser agreed. "I’ll grant that, Ms. Kaptzan, however with a standing order that all the video visitations between Mr. Kaptzan and Ms. Kaptzan does need to be recorded," ruled Judge Kiser.
Kaptzan faces second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder charges.