State Attorney: decision to seek death penalty an “obvious conclusion”
ABOVE VIDEO: Prosecutors plan to seek the “the ultimate punishment” for the man suspected of walking into a SunTrust Bank in Sebring and murdering five women last month.
SEBRING, FLORIDA (FOX 13) – Prosecutors plan to seek the “the ultimate punishment” for the man suspected of walking into a SunTrust Bank in Sebring and murdering five women last month.
State Attorney Brian Haas announced Friday that a grand jury had indicted Zephen Xaver for the murders, and he described the decision to seek the death penalty as an “obvious conclusion.”
“It is my duty to apply the facts of each case to the law. In this case, after carefully analyzing the facts as I know them today and applying the law, I was left with the unquestionable conclusion that I must seek the death penalty against the defendant,” he said from the lawn of the Highlands County Courthouse.
It was back on January 23 when a gunman, later identified by police as Xaver, shot four bank employees and one customer, shocking the tight-knit Central Florida community.
Haas filed with the courts a document of intent to seek the death penalty. In it, he wrote the aggravating factors were that the shooting was cold, premeditated, and without any moral or legal justification.
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