Man who killed ex-girlfriend, 3 others avoids death penalty
November 21, 2017 - 2:07 PM
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A Florida man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her parents has avoided the death penalty.
The Tampa Bay Times reports 11 of 12 jurors voted Tuesday for 32-year-old Adam Matos to be executed, but without unanimous agreement, Matos automatically received a life sentence. The jury convicted him last week of four counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities say Matos fatally shot Megan Brown and her father, Greg Brown, at their Hudson home in 2014. He also fatally beat Margaret Brown and Nick Leonard with a hammer, jurors heard.
Matos testified he'd been suffering from paranoia and committed the slayings in self-defence.
The 4-year-old son of Megan Brown and Matos was at the home when it happened.
The Brown family and Matos previously lived in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.
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