Prisoner faces possible death sentence for killing cellmate

Posted at 11:12 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 11:12:36-04

MILTON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida prisoner with a history of attacking other inmates faces a possible death sentence for fatally beating his cellmate.

The Pensacola News Journal reports Santa Rosa County jurors found 37-year-old Shawn Rogers guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and kidnapping. Jurors will next decide if Rogers deserves the death penalty or life in prison. Execution requires a unanimous vote.

Authorities say Ricky D. Martin was found lying in a pool of blood with bound hands and feet in his cell at Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in March 2012. He was taken to a Pensacola hospital, where he died a week later.

Rogers is already serving a life sentence for armed robbery and battery convictions in Volusia County. Officials say Rogers has a history of violence, including multiple assaults on inmates.