Jury says death for man convicted of slayings

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The same jury that found a Tampa Bay-area man guilty of the slayings his estranged wife and her friend are recommending that he be executed.

A Pinellas County jury voted to recommend the death penalty for 44-year-old Patrick Evans Thursday. It will be up to Circuit Judge Richard Luce to decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison later.

Prosecutors said the former vice president of an electronics company was in the midst of a divorce from his 44-year-old wife, Elizabeth, when he went to her Gulfport condominium and confronted her and 43-year-old Jerry B. Taylor in a bedroom. Then, prosecutors say, he shot both in the neck.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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