DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors have recommended execution for a central Florida man convicted in the death of his former roommate.
A Volusia County jury made its recommendation Wednesday. The same panel found 42-year-old Joseph Jordan guilty last week of first-degree murder and robbery. A judge will make the final decision.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal 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.
Jordan's attorney argued that Jordan didn't intend for Cope to die.