LAKE COUNTY, Fla. -- Jurors have recommended imposing the death penalty in the case against a Lake County man convicted of kidnapping and killing an 81-year-old woman.
The same jury convicted Donald Williams of killing Janet Patrick.
Williams claimed he was insane at the time of the killing, but competent to act as his own attorney during the trial.
The jury deliberated for about three hours before delivering its decision. The vote was majority 9 to 3 in favor of the death penalty on Williams at the end of an almost three-week long trial.
Williams was on trial for the October, 2010, murder of 81-year old Janet Patrick of Leesburg. The jury agreed that
Williams kidnapped Patrick, robbed her, killed her, and then dumped her body in some Polk County woods.
Williams represented himself during trial, but public defenders were called in to take over during sentencing. He did not testify during the penalty phase of the case.
On Wednesday morning, expert witnesses for the defense testified via Skype that Williams has emotional disorders, but they stopped short of his insanity claim.
"I don't think I ever rendered a formal opinion about his sanity. But I was, as we just discussed, I didn't know what was accurate and what was not accurate about his version of events," said defense witness Dr. Eric Ming.
"So, you certainly are not suggesting he was insane at the time," said prosecutor Bill Gross.
"No, I am not," said Ming.
Prosecutors insist Williams' claims of dementia and insanity carried no weight.
"This man's background--his past--suggests he's totally remorseless. He's just a predator," Gross said.
Especially, prosecutors said, given the fact that for most of his trial he acted as his own attorney.
"He's not Johnny Cochran, but he really didn't do all that bad," said Gross.
But Williams' public defenders said he had an abusive father and during his very early years was mentally and physically abused.
"(It) was the type of existence that none of us wish upon anyone," said defense attorney Morris Carranza.
The judge will set a sentencing date Friday.
Prosecutors say if the judge goes with the jury's recommendation, and they expect him to, Williams will be on death row by Christmas.
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