State Attorney Ayala To Seek Death Penalty

posted by Alan McBride - 

Orange-Osceola County State Attorney Aramis Ayala's office says it will be seeking the death penalty in an upcoming case.

The statement was confirmed through her office Thursday.

There was no mention of which case this would be, or when the case would be prosecuted, however.

Ayala is known as the state attorney who made headlines earlier this year when she said she would not seek the death penalty in capital cases.

After Ayala's statement, the governor re-assigned many of her cases, leading to a suit from Ayala's office that the governor had overstepped his bounds.

After the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the governor, Ayala created a panel composed of seven prosecutors who would decide on whether the death penalty was warranted on a case-by-case basis.

Ayala's task force has apparently returned its first recommendation on a case where the office should pursue the death penalty.

Ayala has made it clear that the recommendation of the task force be unanimous, which is the same criterion used by juries in Florida.

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