Jury Recommends Death Penalty in Dunkin' Donuts Murder Trial

A jury recommended the death penalty Wednesday for a man found guilty in the murder of two people during a string of Dunkin' Donuts robberies in 2008.

The jury recommended both life in prison and death for different counts for 24-year-old James Herard on the second day of sentencing.

Herard was convicted on 18 of 19 counts by a jury in Fort Lauderdale last month following two and a half days of deliberations.

"We're totally focused on trying to save this person's life," Herard's attorney Mitch Polay said after the verdict was read.

Authorities said Herard was part of a group that killed Eric Jean Pierre on Nov. 14, 2008, in Broward. Days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Kiem Huynh was also murdered.

Herard had already been given nine life sentences by a Palm Beach County judge related to the violent robberies, committed when Herard was just 19 years old.

Herard made national news when he barked like a dog during an appearance before Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley.

A Spencer hearing is set for July 8, which would allow the defense to argue for a life sentence instead of the death penalty.

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