Florida Supreme Court Upholds Sentence for Killing Guard

Posted at 2:57 PM, Feb 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 14:57:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is upholding the conviction and death sentence for a man who killed a Daytona Beach corrections officer.

The court on Thursday rejected arguments by Enoch Hall that his attorney mishandled his case. The court also noted that his sentence should remain in place because a jury unanimously recommended the death penalty.

Hall was serving life sentences in the sexual battery and kidnapping of a 66-year-old woman when he killed a corrections officer. Hall stabbed 50-year-old Donna Fitzgerald 22 times with sheet metal in 2008.

Fitzgerald was alone while supervising Hall and others in an inmate work program. An investigation determined Hall may not have been eligible for the program, and Fitzgerald should've had a radio or body alarm to summon help.

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