Kevin Jeffries Guilty of First Degree Murder


The man accused of the first degree murder of an elderly Lynn Haven man will be in court Friday morning for the penalty phase of the trial.

Jurors reached a guilty verdict Thursday. Kevin Gene Jeffries has been declared guilty of first degree murder, armed robbery and armed burglary.

It took jurors an hour and 20 minutes to reach their verdict. Prosecutors say Jeffries, his cousin 28 year old David Ian Challender and his fiancé 29 year old Nicole Griffin, broke into 90 year old Wallace Scott's Lynn Haven home in April 2013, planning to rob him.

Jeffries and Challender allegedly beat and tortured Scott for three hours trying to get the pin to his ATM card. Scott died of strangulation. Griffin cut a deal with the state, pleading guilty to second degree murder in exchange for her testimony and a 20 year sentence.

Challender is scheduled to go on trial in September. As for Jeffries, prosecutors want to send him to Florida's death row.

Later Friday morning, both sides will begin presenting witnesses to help decide if they'll recommend the death penalty or life in prison.


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