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Jury finds Latoya Jordan guilty in stabbing death of roommate

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Updated: 11/15/2013 7:38 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- In only three hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury in St. Johns County convicted Latoya Jordan for the stabbing death of her roommate, Daniel Somerson.

The prosecution presented the jury with Jordan's taped confession and played it in its entirety in open court. At times you could hear Jordan laughing and trying to justify herself.

"I got up, got it again, and stabbed him again," said Jordan.

Jordan said she met Somerson through Craigslist. He offered her a place to stay at his Fruit Cove home, but she said Somerson wanted to be more than just roommates. During the confession she describes how Somerson kept "stressing he was looking for love."

"He was on the floor, he was trying to get up so I stabbed him again. I think that stab did the most damage because he couldn't get back up," said Jordan.

State prosecutor Jason Lewis called it one the most "cold and calculated confessions" he's ever heard. According to Lewis, Jordan stabbed Somerson more than 30 times but it's what she did afterward that is the most chilling.

"He was dead and she dragged him to the back bedroom, rolled him in carpet put some rugs on him and some clothes and she stayed in the house for three weeks with him decaying and rotting in the house," said Lewis.

Jordan was also found guilty of grand theft and burglary with assault or battery. According to the prosecution, after Jordan murdered Somerson she went on a shopping spree with his credit cards.

Jordan was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. She plans to appeal her conviction.
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