As Ramsey and his wife Roberta were returning from a Valentine's Day lunch, they confronted a burglar emerging from their home. As Daniel Ramsey, who had armed himself with a knife, chased the suspect, later identified as Michael Walker, his accomplice, Anthony Lewis, came outside.
When Ramsey turned his attention to Lewis, the burglar pulled a gun he had taken from the Ramseys' nightstand and shot him to death.
After almost two years of legal proceedings, Walker and Lewis were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms.
The case drew renewed attention this week with state attorney candidate Peter Lombardo's release of an ad featuring an interview with Roberta Ramsey in which she blames Lombardo's opponent, longtime Assistant State Attorney Ed Brodsky for her husband's death.
As the ad, and supporting documents attached to an online version of the ad, explain, Walker in 2006 had been charged with robbing a pizza deliveryman. However, the state attorney's office later declined to prosecute the case, saying it had been unable to locate the victim for further investigation. The decision was explained in a memo co-signed by Brodsky.
If Walker had been in jail, maybe Daniel Ramsey would have enjoyed more Valentine's Days with his wife.
"Ed Brodsky was responsible for my husband's death," Roberta Ramsey says in the ad.
Is this fair game?
Brodsky has been a senior prosecutor in the state's attorney's office for several years, and one way you hold that office -- which, as this episode reminds us, is headed by an elected official -- is to examine how it handles criminal cases brought to it by local law enforcement.
Brodsky explained that the victim could not be located, and also raised questions about how Lombardo paid for the ad. But his response could show Brodsky's concerns about how it might influence voters in the Aug. 14 Republican primary.
But is it OK to attack Brodsky's and the state attorney's office's performance if in doing, it takes advantage of a widow's pain? Isn't there another way to make the point without the risk of appearing like you are exploiting a tragedy?
Obviously, Lombardo took the risk.
As a result, maybe voters will be able to discern about Brodsky's ability to lead, and Lombardo's own character and qualifications for the office.
Read the Bradenton Herald story about the ad, and Brodsky's response, here.
Watch the ad and read the related documents, here.