Friday, August 29, 2008

Jury recommends death for killer

A jury voted 9-3 to recommend that Cornelius Baker be put to death for kidnapping and killing a Daytona Beach woman last year.
The same jury on Monday convicted the 21-year-old man of first-degree murder for breaking into Elizabeth Uptagrafft's home, kidnapping her and fatally shooting her.

A circuit judge will make the final decision of whether Baker should receive life in prison or a lethal injection, but the judge must give Thursday's recommendation great weight.

Authorities say Baker was joined by his girlfriend, 20-year-old Patricia Roosa, when he broke into Uptagrafft's house. Roosa's trial date, where she also will face a first-degree murder charge, has not been set.

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