Death penalty for shooter in South Beach kidnap, rape, murder

Joel Lebron deserves to die for kidnapping, raping and executing a popular South Miami High teen, a jury decided Friday.
By a vote of 9-3, jurors recommended execution for Lebron, who last week as convicted of the slaying of Ana Maria Angel in April 2002.
The jury deliberated two hours. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Thomas will ultimately deliver the final sentence.
Lebron, 34, was one of five Orlando men who kidnapped Angel and her boyfriend as the couple finished a South Beach moonlight stroll. After robbing them, the men gang raped Angel in the back of their truck, then slit her boyfriend’s throat, leaving him for dead alongside Interstate 95 in Broward County.
Alongside the interstate in Palm Beach County, Lebron and another man marched Angel down an embankment, into the brush near a sound barrier wall. Lebron shot Angel in the back of the head as she begged for her life, her hands clasped in prayer

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Tundidor jury verdict: Guilty on all accounts

Jurors in the first-degree murder trial of a Plantation man accused of the brutal home invasion murder of his landlord two years ago returned guilty verdicts on all 10 felony charges against him early Wednesday.

Randy W. Tundidor, 45, now must enter the second phase of his trial, likely to begin in September when jurors will decide whether he will be sentenced to Death Row or life in prison for the murder of Joseph Morrissey, a Nova Southeastern University professor and researcher who rented a town house to Tundidor.

Morrissey was stabbed to death and then his house was set on fire while his wife and young child remained inside.

Linda Morrissey, the victim’s widow, did not express emotion after a court clerk read aloud the jury’s verdict.


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