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Palm Beach County jurors recommend first death sentence since 2002

Marlin Joseph
Posted at 4:00 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 21:34:37-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It's been 18 years since a Palm Beach County jury recommended a death sentence for a defendant.

That all changed on Wednesday.

During a sentencing hearing, jurors unanimously recommended the death penalty for 28-year-old Marlin Joseph, who was convicted on Monday for murdering a West Palm Beach mother and her 11-year-old daughter more than two years ago.

Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo will decide whether to agree to that death sentence -- the first recommended by a Palm Beach County jury since 2002 -- or sentence Joseph to life in prison. She set a hearing for April 23.

Police said Joseph shot and killed 36-year-old Kaladaa Crowell and her 11-year-old daughter, Kyra Inglett, at a home on Third Street in West Palm Beach on Dec. 28, 2017.

Prosecutors said Joseph was angry about how the 11-year-old girl was treating his 8-year-old daughter.