The tape is close to inaudible. If Onstott's attorney selected a jury with hearing difficulties, the tape may be worthless. We know his attorney claims that his client never made the statement. Perhaps he is right. Prosecutor Sean Keefe apparently disagrees.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Onstott would likely be sentenced to life in prison. The jury will not know that Onstott was convicted of sexual battery in 1995 as that would be too prejudicial. One could argue that Onstott has not gotten all of the breaks. For example, his arrest may have been influenced in some degree by the highly publicized rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford by John Couey, a convicted sex offender in Florida. Couey was convicted last year and is on death row. Whether that has any real effect on Onstott's trial is yet to be determined.