After an hour of deliberation, the jury in the DreShawna Davis murder trial returned an 8-4 verdict in favor of the death penalty for Rasheem DuBose, who had been found guilty of the girl’s murder. A separate jury recommended life sentences for his two younger brothers, who were involved in the fatal shooting. The judge in their case agreed with the jury’s recommendations. While Florida judges tend to follow jury recommendations, Dubose’s lawyer plans to argue for a lesser sentence of life in prison for his client.
According to court records, Dubose and his two brothers, Tajuane and Terrell, fired twenty nine shots into DreShawna Davis’ house in retaliation for her uncle trying to rob DuBose and force his pants down in public. Rasheem was found to have fired twenty three of the shots, including the one that killed DreShawna as she shielded her two younger cousins from the gunfire with her body.
The murder was just one in a series that have earned Jacksonville the dubious distinction of having the highest murder rate of any city in the state. Prosecutors hope the verdict sends a message to other would-be murderers that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Read more about the trial at Jury decides Rasheem Dubose should die for killing DreShawna Davis.
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