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Jury Recommends Florida Woman Be Executed For Killing Her 6-Year-Old Daughter

LAKELAND (CBSMiami/AP) — A Florida jury has recommended that a woman should be executed for murdering her 6-year-old daughter.

That jury also imposed a life term on the woman for slaying her father.

Cheyanne Jessie MUG
Mugshot for Cheyanne Jessie following her arrest in 2015. (Source: Polk County Sheriff's Office)

A Polk County jury returned its decisions late Friday against 29-year-old Cheyanne Jessie for the 2015 deaths of her daughter Meredith and her father, Mark Weekly.

It will now be up to Judge Jalal Harb to decide whether to impose the death sentence.

Prosecutors say Jessie killed her daughter and father because she blamed them for the disintegrating relationship she had with her boyfriend.

She shot and stabbed them both, stuffed their bodies into storage bins and stored them in a neighbor's shed before they were found two weeks later.

Investigators say she confessed after relatives forced her to report the pair missing.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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