Friday, February 15, 2008

Jury recommends death penalty for man convicted of killing retiree

Associated Press - February 14, 2008 4:24 AM ET

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - A jury has recommended the death penalty for a man convicted of killing a retired Michigan woman in a central Florida retirement community.

The decision rests with Judge Brian Lambert, but he must consider the jury's opinion. His written ruling is not expected for weeks.

Jurors found 19-year-old Renaldo McGirth guilty of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and felony fleeing.

He was charged in connection with the 2006 shooting death of 63-year-old Diana Miller in her home in The Villages. Miller's husband was also shot in the attack, but he survived.

Information from: Ocala Star-Banner,

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