Florida Supreme Court OKs Hitchcock Death Sentence

posted by Rick Flagg - 

The Florida Supreme Court is upholding the death penalty for an Orlando man convicted of strangling his 13-year-old step-niece back in 1976.

James Hitchcock's death sentence has been overturned three times in the past 40 years... and each time that happened, a new jury recommended a new sentence of death. 

In their latest appeal, Hitchcock's lawyers claim he should be spared because the last jury did not issue a unanimous recommendation for the death penalty... which is the current standard in Florida. 

But the high court says that only applies in cases that were decided after 2002... and Hitchcock missed that deadline by a couple of years.

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