A jury sentenced Peter Avsenew to death on Thursday (11 January) for killing a gay couple in 2010.
During his sentencing, Avsenew showed no reactions. He then flipped off the victims’ families before being led out of the courtroom, as shown in footage from ABC 10.
Prosecutors argued Avsenew shot and killed Steven Adams and Kevin Powell inside their Wilton Manors home. He then stole their money, belongings, and car.
The defense team argued, instead, that he found the couple. However, he did not call 911 because he was working for the couple as an escort.
The state said there was no proof to back up the defense’s argument.
Avsenew made brief remarks to the jury: ‘I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I’ve made. No one really knows what happened that day. Everyone can speculate what ifs and maybes until they’re blue in the face, which they’ll never really know.’
The families of Adams and Powell saw the gesture Avsenew made.
‘In my heart of hearts, I knew that he was making that gesture to us, and then he admitted that he made the gesture to our family,’ Marci Craig, a sister of one of the victims, said.
Missy Badget, another sister, commented: ‘After what happened in that courtroom just now, I’m happy that he’s being put to the death penalty.’