JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) - A Jacksonville man who killed a Navy wife after answering her personal ad on Craigslist may end up changing the way death-penalty cases are defended in Florida.
The Florida Times-Union reports that lawyers for David Kelsey Sparre are asking the Florida Supreme Court to throw out his death sentence for the murder of 21-year-old Tiara Pool. Her body was found with an estimated 89 slashes inside her apartment in July 2010.
Sparre arranged to meet Pool while her husband was deployed at sea. Sparre later told police he killed Pool for the "rush."
In court filings Sparre's public defender argues that Circuit Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt was wrong to sentence Sparre to death without allowing evidence to be presented on his mental-health and substance-abuse issues.
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