Christian Cruz has been sentenced to death in Florida for the kidnapping and murder of Christian Jemery. According to court documents Christian Cruz and Justen Charles broke into the victims apartment, bound him with duct tape and speaker wire. The victim was brought to a remote location where he was shot in the head. Justen Charles was sentenced to life in prison without parole and Christian Cruz was sentenced to death
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Christian Cruz was sentenced to death Wednesday for kidnapping and killing a Deltona man wrongly targeted during a drug deal.
Cruz, 26, and Justen Charles, 30, teamed up to kidnap and kill 25-year-old Christopher Jemery from the Belltower Apartments in Deltona on Aug. 26, 2013. The men were both convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in two separate trials by two separate juries.
Investigators believe Cruz was the triggerman who shot Jemery in the head with a .22-caliber pistol.
Circuit Judge Raul Zambrano followed the jury recommendation and sentenced Cruz to death.
The judge had no such option when the jury recommends life, as in Charles’ case. Zambrano had to sentence Charles to life as he did on Nov. 1.
If Zambrano sentences Cruz to death, he must write an order supporting his decision. But there is no such requirement if he sentences him to life.
Cruz and Justen Charles were looking for drugs and money when they burst into the apartment at the Belltower Apartments in Deltona in 2013. A small time drug dealer had lived in the apartment but had since moved out even though he still returned to the apartment on occasion to deal drugs.
Jemery was not dealing drugs but he had met the drug dealer who had offered him and Jemery’s fiancee a place to stay until the couple got their own place. But Jemery was worried that the area was not safe so he had asked his fiancee to take their daughter and spend the night elsewhere on the night Cruz and Charles burst in.
Cruz and Charles beat and stomped Jemery, tied him up and threw him in the trunk of his rental car. Then they drove him to an industrial park where Jemery was shot in the head and left in some bushes.
Besides first-degree murder, Cruz and Charles were each found guilty of burglary while armed, robbery with a firearm and kidnapping.
Just 10 days after the killing, Cruz and Charles robbed a Hungry Howie’s in Sanford at gunpoint. Cruz pistol-whipped the restaurant’s manager during the robbery. The jurors in both trials were shown security video of the armed robbery.
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