Fla. Supreme Court upholds convictions, death sentences for triple murderer

Published On: Jan 23 2014 01:01:30 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2014 01:02:28 PM EST

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Terry Smith


The Florida Supreme Court has affirmed the convictions and sentences of Terry Smith.

In 2011, Smith, 25, was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and received two death sentences and one life sentence for the murders of Berthum Gibson, Keenethia Keenan and Desmond Robinson.

In June 2007, Smith, who was then 19 years old, went to a Jacksonville home to purchase drugs from Gibson and Robinson. When Smith entered the home, he pulled out his gun and demanded that the victims hand over the drugs. Smith then shot all three victims.

Robinson and Keenan died at the scene. Gibson was still alive when officers arrived but later died as a result of his injuries.

In 2011, a jury found Smith guilty for the murders as well as attempted armed robbery. The jury recommended a life sentence for Robinson's death and recommended death sentences for both Gibson and Keenan's murders.

Judge Adrian Soud followed the jury's recommendations.


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