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    Boy recalls for jury how his mother pleaded for her life before she was shot dead
    A 13-year-old boy recalled for a jury how he tried to hide under the covers while his stepfather and mother were shot dead.

    “Don’t kill me in front of my children,” the boy recalled his mother, Ester Deneus, saying.

    The boy, who was 11 years old on July 9, 2015, was asleep on the couch with his four siblings when a brick crashed through the glass of his front door. Three black men, he said, armed with pistols then came inside.

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    Trey Nonnombre guilty of first-degree murder, armed home invasion
    A Manatee County jury on Thursday found Trey Nonnombre guilty as charged on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed home invasion in the 2015 fatal shootings of Kantral Brooks and his girlfriend Esther Deneus in Bradenton.

    Nonnombre, 20, now faces the death penalty. The penalty phase of the trial begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 11.

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    Prosecutors won’t seek death penalty for couple’s killer

    Trey Nonnombre, 20, was found guilty on Thursday of two counts of first-degree murder and armed home invasion.

    Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said Monday the state no longer would be seeking the death penalty, based on the jury’s findings on the verdict form regarding whether Nonnombre had carried and discharged a firearm.
    Death penalty no longer being sought against final suspect facing charges in double murder

    “Based on the jury’s responses to some of the questions concerning Mr. Nonnombre’s case, it is clear that they had some uncertainty as to his direct responsibility for the deaths of Kantral Brooks and Ester Deneus, which was fundamental to the state’s pursuit of the death penalty against him as the most culpable of the three co-defendants charged in the case,” Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said in a statement to the Herald echoing his words in court.

    “Accordingly, the state decided to no longer pursue the death penalty against Mr. Nonnombre, secure in the knowledge that he could no longer harm our citizens,” Brown said. “Given that determination, the state can no longer seek the death penalty against Jimmie McNear based on case law that states that a less culpable defendant may not receive the death penalty when a more culpable co-defendant receives a life sentence.”
    The trial for Jimmie McNear is scheduled to begin on November 1st.

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    Jury to continue deliberations Thursday in Southern Parkway murder case

    http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...183590091.html

    After deliberating for nearly six hours, jurors Wednesday evening were sent home and ordered to return Thursday to continue to deliberate the fate of the last defendant still facing charges in the fatal shooting of a Bradenton man and his girlfriend during an armed burglary of their home.

    Jimmie McNear, 21, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed burglary.

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    Last suspect in Southern Parkway murders abruptly leaves courtroom crying after being found guilty

    http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...183776906.html

    Jimmie McNear, 21, was found guilty of second-degree murder with a firearm in the death of Kantral Brooks and guilty of manslaughter in the death of Brooks’ girlfriend, Esther Deneus. He was also found guilty of armed burglary.

    McNear now faces up to life in prison with a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years.

    A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the defense has requested that an entire day be set aside for the hearing.

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    Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said Monday the state no longer would be seeking the death penalty, based on the jury’s findings on the verdict form regarding whether Nonnombre had carried and discharged a firearm.

    Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...#storylink=cpy

    You can clearly see from the home security video all three suspects were carrying a firearm. I don't think it should matter which one's fired their weapons, they all should receive the death penalty.

    Video at following link: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...183776906.html

    JMO

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    http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...185751948.html

    On Monday morning, Circuit Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Trey Nonnombre to three life sentences. The two life terms for murder are consecutive to one another, while the third life term for armed burglary will run concurrently.

    Jimmie McNear faces up to life in prison, but a sentencing date has not yet been set.

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    Juror says racism played role in convicting a black man in Southern Parkway murders

    http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...188159249.html

    On Nov. 20, one of the jurors from McNear’s trial sent a letter to Circuit Judge Diana Moreland, making claims against her fellow jurors, and the defense is requesting permission to interview the juror.

    “There is no way any black defendant could ever get a fair trial with racist evil people such as those that I had the unfortunate time sitting with,” the juror wrote to Moreland.

    Defense attorney William Bennett said that McNear is black and the letter “causes concerns over the verdict required by rule, but undersigned counsel believes good cause exists to allow the interview,” in a motion to the court filed on Nov. 28.

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    No decision yet if defense can question juror about concerns of possible racism in murder trial

    http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/...188746089.html

    After questions were raised over whether an African-American defendant could have received a fair trial by a Manatee County jury, Circuit Court Judge Diana Moreland held a hearing Friday morning to hear arguments on whether a juror could be interviewed by the defense but held off on making a decision.

    Meanwhile, a second member of the panel that found Jimmie McNear guilty has written the court to dispute the first juror’s claims.

    McNear, 21, was found guilty on Nov. 9 of second-degree murder, manslaughter and armed burglary by a 12-person jury. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3 and faces up to life in prison.

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