ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man is facing a possible death sentence after pleading guilty to two murders.
Without a deal from prosecutors, 29-year-old Khadafy Mullens pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree murder. Pinellas County Judge Philip Federico will decide on his own whether to sentence Mullens to death or life in prison, without the usual recommendation from a jury.
Mullens admitted to killing a St. Petersburg convenience store owner, 44-year-old Mohammad Uddin, and a customer, 50-year-old Ronald Hayworth, when Mullens and another man robbed the store in August 2008. A second customer was wounded but survived.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the robbery was captured on high-quality surveillance video at the Central Food Mart.
Mullens' suspected partner, 32-year-old Spencer Peeples, is still awaiting trial.