Friday, February 27, 2009

Jury finds man guilty of Tackaberry murder in West Palm Beach

A jury today found a man guilty of the 2006 stabbing murder of a West Palm Beach woman and the attempted murder of her then-6-year-old grandson.

Wes McGee, 23, was found guilty after two hours of deliberations on charges of first-degree murder with a weapon, attempted first-degree murder, burglary and armed robbery, according to the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

McGee, who authorities said was a prostitute and crack addict, stabbed and beat Jane Tackaberry, 53, to death Aug. 8, 2006, at the behest of Rhonda Norman, who wanted revenge against her ex-boyfriend, Tackaberry's son.

The two then took her grandson, Elijah, stabbed him and slashed his throat. He survived the attack.

Norman has already been found guilty of the murder and attempted murder. A jury recommended she be put to death, but a judge will decide her punishment at a later date.

The jury will return next month to decide if McGee should get the death penalty or life in prison.


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