Jury Recommends Death for Man Convicted of Killing Neighbor

Jurors have recommended execution for a northeast Florida man twice convicted of killing his neighbor.

A Duval County jury voted 8-4 Thursday in favor the death penalty for 25-year-old Randall Deviney. He was convicted last week of first-degree murder. A judge will make the final decision.

Deviney was previously sentenced to death in 2010, but the Florida Supreme Court threw out that conviction because Jacksonville police continued to interrogate him after he invoked his right to remain silent.

Authorities say Deviney slit 65-year-old Delores Futrell's throat in 2008. He said he snapped when she tried to get him to talk about his past abuses.

The Florida Times-Union reports that the jury made additional findings that the murder was premeditated and occurred during a burglary and an attempted sexual battery.

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