Jury Recommends Death for Carlos Kennedy

Jury Recommends Death for Carlos Kennedy

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MOBILE, Ala. -

A jury has recommended death for Carlos Kennedy. Jurors voted 11-1 for the death penalty.

"They had a very tough thing to do and I applaud them for what they did and they have truly delivered justice today," said Assistant District Attorney Jo Beth Murphree.

Kennedy was convicted Thursday for murdering and sexually assaulting Mobile realtor, Zoa White in her home in 2010.

"This man does not need to be out of prison. If given the opportunity I feel like this crime would be committed again. I commend our law enforcement and our prosecutors for taking a criminal off the streets that does not need to walk among us," said White's daughter Laurie Miller.

Kennedy opted not have his lawyers represent him during the penalty phase, a decision they say may end up costing him his life.

"He has no significant criminal history what so ever, college educated he's got a good family and we were going to present those things to the jury along with what we felt like was an appropriate punishment which was life without parole," said defense attorney Art Powell.

The judge will make the final decision on whether or not Kennedy receives death. A sentencing hearing is set for June 17. 



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