Jury Recommends Death Penalty In Father-Son Murders
POSTED: 9:07 am EDT September 8, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A jury has recommended two death sentences for a man convicted in the 2004 shooting deaths of a Jacksonville man and his 13-year-old son.

Thomas Bevel After two hours of deliberations, the jury unanimously recommended that Thomas Bevel, 24, be executed for killing Mayport Middle School student Phillip Sims. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend the death penalty for murdering the boy's father, Garrick Stringfield.

The victims were fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle at Stringfield's home in February 2004. Bevel had been a boarder in Stringfield's home.

A hearing about the jury's recommendations is set for Oct. 6. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

If Bevel gets the death penalty, it would be the first death sentence handed down in Duval County since 2003.