DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jurors recommended execution Wednesday for a central Florida man convicted in the death of his former roommate.
A Volusia County jury took only an hour to give its opinion on the fate of Joseph Jordan, 42. A judge will make the final decision, probably sometime in June. The same panel found Jordan guilty last week of first-degree murder and robbery after just 18 minutes of deliberations.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://bit.ly/15LSZXU) reports that 50-year-old Keith Cope died as a result of injuries sustained when he was bound and gagged with rope and tape to his bed for four days in June 2009. He was discovered semi-conscious suspended from the foot of the bed by a rope wrapped around his left arm. Doctors amputated Cope's arm and he suffered a stroke, which left him in a vegetative-state until he was removed from life-support the next month.
At Wednesday's hearing, prosecutor Ed Davis said Jordan more than met the aggravators needed for the jury to come back with a recommendation of death.
"Keith Cope suffered and suffered horribly because of what the defendant did," Davis said. "It would have been more humane for this defendant to put a bullet in Keith Cope's head."
Defense attorney Michael Nielsen said Jordan was not in his right mind when attacked Cope. Jordan had a history of mental illness, drug abuse and other mitigating circumstances.
Information from: Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal, http://www.news-journalonline.com