Terry Smith was sentenced to death by the State of Florida for a triple murder. According to court documents Terry Smith would force his way into a home and shoot and kill Desmond Robinson, 24, Kennethia Keenan, 21, and Berthum Gibson, 21. Terry Smith would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
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A Duval County jury has recommended the death penalty for a man who’d been convicted of killing three people during a 2007 drug robbery in Northwest Jacksonville.
Terry Antonio Smith, 22, was convicted last week in the deaths of Desmond Robinson, 24, Kennethia Keenan, 21, and Berthum Gibson, 21. The jury came back to court Friday to hear more evidence in the penalty hearing.
Smith’s attorney, James Hernandez, asked the panel of nine women and three men to consider Smith’s age at the time of the robbery. He was 19. Hernandez also took testimony from Smith’s family and acquaintances who described him as loyal, protective and dedicated to his young daughter.
Prosecutors countered that if Smith’s social structure was so strong, he should have known better than to kill three people in an effort to score quick cash.
The jury was out for a little more than an hour before handing down 8-4 and 10-2 votes in favor of the death penalty as punishment for the murders of Gibson and Keenan, respectively.
The jury determined a life sentence was appropriate for Robinson’s murder. Testimony suggested Robinson was armed, too, but Smith kept shooting at the others after shooting him.
Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud has the ultimate say over Smith’s sentence. A hearing has been scheduled for April 15.
Smith showed little emotion as the jury’s recommendation was read Friday.
Smith also is awaiting trial on a separate set of racketeering charges after police identified him as a member of the 45th Street Gang in November 2009.