Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Georgia man convicted in 1997 Daytona Beach killing

Associated Press - March 25, 2008 6:04 AM ET

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida jury has found a Georgia man guilty of first degree murder in the brutal death of a Daytona Beach woman inside her home in 1997.

Authorities say Gregory Earl Murphy choked and stabbed Erlene Albright, then struck her in the head with a hammer and sexually battered her.

The murder went unsolved for years, but DNA evidence linked Murphy to the crime in 2003.

Defense attorneys say Murphy killed the woman in self-defense because she had attacked him with a knife after the two hit it off at a club earlier that night.

The jury will decide tomorrow whether Murphy gets life in prison or the death penalty.

Information from: Orlando Sentinel,

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