• Jury recommends death penalty in FSU student killing


    ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A jury recommended the death penalty for Kentrell Johnson.

    The same jury convicted him for the first-degree murder and kidnapping of Vincent Binder, a graduate student at Florida State.

    Authorities found Binder's body on the side of the road in St. Johns County in April 2010.  He had been beaten and stabbed.

    “They executed him in cold blood.  Binder was stabbed at least four times and hacked at least nine times in the back of the head and arms," said Assistant State Attorney Mark Johnson.

    Prosecutors said Johnson, 38, escaped from a detention center in Louisiana and went on a crime-spree that ultimately ended in Miami.

    Authorities arrested two other people.

    Co-defendant Quintin Truehill received a death sentence earlier this year.

    Co-defendant Peter Hughes pleaded guilty and received life in prison without parole.

    The jury took an hour to reach its unanimous decision.

    The final decision will come from the judge at a Spencer hearing.

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