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Death sentence in death of SC girl, 8

Monday, March 17, 2014 8:12 AM
Last updated 7:16 PM
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SPARTANABURG, S.C. — A Spartanburg County jury has given a death penalty to a Chesnee man convicted of shooting and killing an 8-year-old girl nearly five years ago.

The jury deliberated about five hours before returning the death sentence Sunday for 55-year-old Ricky Lee Blackwell Sr. in the death of Brooke Center.

The same jury had convicted Blackwell after just 20 minutes of deliberation.

Prosecutors say Blackwell shot her four times as his former wife watched. The girl was the daughter of Blackwell’s estranged wife’s boyfriend.

Defense attorney Bill McGuire told jurors that Blackwell was a “tender, gentle, good person.” He asked jurors to consider whether six seconds of Blackwell’s life overrode the rest of his life.

The conviction and death sentence are automatically appealed to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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jimmymac 03/17/14 - 09:15 am

The lawyer had the gall to say this disgusting piece of filth was a tender. loving individual. How can a person not choke saying such a thing when this vile person The headline said he was given life but the article says he was he was given the death penalty. Way to go SC maybe the GA juries will start getting it right.

my.voice 03/17/14 - 01:09 pm
LIFE sentence or DEATH AC?

LIFE sentence or DEATH AC?

Sean Moores
Sean Moores 03/17/14 - 02:07 pm
@ my.voice

That should be death sentence. Thanks for letting me know.

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