MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The jury that found Carlos Kennedy guilty of the beating death of Zoa White has now recommended he be put to death.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE VERDICT
Jurors deliberated less than two hours before announcing it recommended Kennedy be put to death.
The vote was eleven to one.
Kennedy showed no emotion when the decision was read.
WHITE'S DAUGHTERS SPEAK
Afterwards, Zoa White's daughter Laurie Miller spoke to reporters.
Miller said, "I don't hate, but I have sat every day that this man was in this courtroom, I was in this courtroom with him. I have watched him repeatedly. I have waited for some emotion, or some explanation as to why his blood was on my mother and in her house, and there has been none given. I waited for some answer that will never come. I accept that now."
FATHER OF SUSPECT: "HE'S NOT GUILTY"
While walking toward the elevator, Kennedy's father spoke briefly.
Carl Kennedy said, "I believe my son by what he said. He's not guilty. I don't believe he's guilty."
"THE MOST DIFFICULT DAY"
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said this was an emotional trial for her because she went to school with Laurie Miller.
Rich said, "The day that I got the call that they had found her body was the most difficult day, because I get those calls all the time. But it had never been someone I knew personally. So, it was very difficult to go to that scene, see my good friend there that I had played in elementary school with and gone to school with."
REACTION TO THE PENALTY
When asked about the penalty Kennedy received, if this was the outcome she wanted, Laurie Miller said, "I think justice has been served."
JUDGE WILL HAND DOWN THE SENTENCE
Judge Joseph Johnston can still overrule the jury's recommendation. He will announce his decision during a hearing June 17.
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