TAMPA, Fla. - Broken from his unbearable anguish, David Raubenolt told a Hillsborough County courtroom he's fed up with delays in the cases of two teens accused in a crash that killed his loved ones.
"My name is David William Raubenolt. I am the father of Lillia and the husband of Jessica Raubenolt. I am the remaining survivor from the extinction for the Raubenolt family and bloodline," explained a tearful Raubenolt. "Since the unspeakable and terrifying death of my wife and daughter, I’ve suffered horrifically, every moment. It’s nearly impossible to put into words the agony of this legal process and the profound drama it has caused, increased exponentially every day that these defendants are not in prison."
There was silence as David's anguish echoed from every corner of the courtroom.
Jessica's father, Bob Reisinger, and her widower, David Raubenolt speak in Hillsborough County court.
"We have suffered through birthdays, holidays, anniversaries; I have not had the privilege to enjoy these precious moments with my family, however, the men who killed our two beautiful and irreplaceable girls most likely have been able to," said Raubenolt.
Lillia's stroller on Bayshore Boulevard after the crash.
Both defendants now face vehicular homicide.
Now, 18 months later, David is frustrated the trial is being pushed back again because the defense wants more time to prepare.
John Barrineau (L) and Cole Herrin (R)
Attorney John Fitzgibbons, who represents Herrin, said prosecutors recently turned over a large volume of evidence in the case which they need to go through and examine.
Jessica's father, Bob Reisinger echoed David's frustrations.
"Next week, the accused will be spending your second Christmas at home while our family spends our second Christmas without Jessica and Lillia. This doesn’t feel right to me," said Reisinger.
However, Hillsborough County Judge Christopher Nash explained he could not rush the process. If he did, it would likely come back on appeal and they would have to re-live the horrific details all over again.
Judge Nash delayed the trial until June 1, 2020.
Family photo of David, Jessica, and Lillia Raubenolt.