MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -
A Mobile man convicted of killing a well known realtor was sentenced to death Wednesday, September 25.
Mobile Circuit Court Judge Rusty Johnston accepted the jury's recommendation Wednesday for death, and the judge said he hopes the sentence is carried out sooner rather than later.
Before giving his decision Judge Johnston said, "It was unimaginable that a human being could have committed such a horrific crime."
Through it all Carlos Kennedy showed no emotion.
Kennedy was convicted in May of the 2010 murder of Zoa White. The retired realtor was beaten to death with a claw hammer inside her Springhill Avenue home.
Kennedy's fingerprints and palm print, as well as blood samples matching his DNA were found inside the house. The judge described the crime scene photos as the worst he's seen in his 17 years on the bench.
Kenney's family had nothing to say after the sentence.
Assistant District Attorney JoBeth Murphree said justice was served.
"The judge really gave a very good sentencing order in this case. It was a most horrendous crime. The judge pointed that our quite clearly, set forth the factors that should apply legally, and Carlos Kennedy was sentenced to death today as he deserved to be," Murphree said.
White's daughter was tearful following the hearing.
"Right now, I'm too emotional to think about anything. I remember her every day. I remember her with the weddings that come that she's not going to be there for, the graduations for my children, the holidays that she's not there that I wish she was there," she said.
Kennedy's lawyer Art Powell wasn't surprised by the sentence.
"He was certainly an uncooperative client. Let’s put it that way, and yeah I'm very glad it's over," Powell said.
Kennedy didn't want a lawyer, but he was appointed one anyway. Could that play a role in his appeal process?
"It appeared to me that Carlos Kennedy was just basically kind of trying to play the system perhaps create an issue for appeal," Murphree said.
White's daughter said even though she agrees with the judge’s decision there are no winners in this situation. The death sentence will not take away her pain, and she knows Kennedy's family is hurting too.
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