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Jury recommends death penalty for murder, kidnapping

March 8, 2019

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jurors have recommended the death penalty for a Florida man convicted in the kidnapping and fatal shooting of a man he mistakenly thought was a drug dealer.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports jurors unanimously agreed Thursday on the fate of 25-year-old Christian Cruz. A judge will make the final decision. The jury found Cruz guilty last week of first-degree murder and felony murder.

Authorities say Cruz and 30-year-old Justen Charles broke into a Deltona apartment in 2013. They grabbed 25-year-old Christopher Jemery, threw him in the trunk of a car, took him to a wooded area and shot him in the head.

Investigators say Cruz and Charles had been planning to rob a drug dealer who had previously lived in the apartment but moved out.

Charles is still awaiting trial.


Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com

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