Friday, August 17, 2007
A Manatee County jury has convicted a Myakka City-area man of killing 4 family members on Thanksgiving Day 2005.
Richard Henderson Jr., was found guilty of 3 counts of 1st-degree murder and one count of 2nd-degree murder.
The 1st-degree murder convictions make Henderson eligible for the death penalty.
The same jury will now hear evidence and arguments during the punishment phase of the trial.
Henderson, 22, had been on trial for 2 weeks at the Manatee County Courthouse charged with using a steel pipe to kill his mother, Jeaneane; father, Richard Sr.; grandmother, June; and 11-year-old brother, Jacob, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2005.
The jury convicted Henderson of 1st-degree murder in the deaths of his mother, father and grandmother, and 2nd-degree murder in the death of his brother.
The penalty phase will begin Friday at 8:45 a.m. (source: Bradenton Herald)