Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Man Convicted Of Killing Flagler Woman

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A Flagler County jury has convicted Cornelius Baker of first-degree murder for kidnapping and killing a Daytona Beach woman last year.

The jury deliberated for less than two hours on Monday before convicting the 21-year-old man of breaking into Elizabeth Uptagrafft's home, kidnapping her and fatally shooting her.

The penalty phase, where jurors recommend whether Baker should receive life in prison or the death penalty, begins Wednesday. The judge is not bound by the decision but must give it 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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