Friday, May 23, 2008

Death Penalty Recommended for Orlando-area Man

SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) -- Following a 10-2 vote in an advisory verdict, jurors recommended the death penalty for a Vietnamese immigrant convicted of stabbing his estranged wife to death in October of 2005.

Tai Pham, 35, of Sanford was convicted of first-degree murder in March of this year. Prosecutors say Pham when to Phi Ai "Amy Pham's Altamonte Springs apartment, waited for her to return with her new boyfriend then went after them with a knife.

She was killed in front of her 13-year-old daughter. Tai Pham held the daughter hostage as he planned the killing.

Defense attorneys argued that Tai Pham had suffered from depression and a difficult life after spending his childhood as a refugee following the Vietnam War.

Circuit Judge Marlene Alva will make the final decision on what sentence to hand down.

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