ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The man convicted of killing a veterinary technician in 2007 should die for his crime, a jury decided this afternoon.
Michael R. Jackson was found guilty in February of first degree murder and sexual battery in the death of 25-year-old Andrea Boyer as she went to work the morning of Jan. 23, 2007.
Boyer worked at the Wells Road Veterinary Clinic. During the trial, prosecutors told the jury Boyer was bashed in the head with a fire extinguisher then assaulted.
Police said she walked in on a robbery.
Jackson is a convicted sex offender who was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but was released after serving less than 13 years.
Testifying in his own defense at trial, Jackson said he and Boyer knew each other previously and were physically acquainted.
The jury today deliberated for about 30 minutes before returning the recommendation of the death penalty instead of life in prison.
His formal sentencing has not been scheduled, but he will be back in court for a sentencing hearing May 19.
First Coast News