Man convicted in fatal drug robbery

10:35 AM, Mar 7, 2012   |    comments
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BARTOW, Florida (AP) - A central Florida man has been convicted for his part for in what authorities called a drug-related fatal home invasion.

A Polk County jury found 30-year-old Robert McCloud guilty Monday of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges. The jury will reconvene later this week to recommend whether McCloud should receive the death penalty or life in prison.

The Ledger reports that McCloud was one of several men charged in the October 2009 deaths of 26-year-old Tamiqa Taylor and 23-year-old Dustin Freeman. Another victim, 29-year-old Wilkins Merilan, survived being shot, and his 3-year-old daughter was also found at the Poinciana home.

Three others - 42-year-old Andre Brown, 40-year-old Joshua Bryson and 28-year-old Jamal Brown - previously pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for reduced sentences.

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