Jury Finds Serrano Guilty Of Murder
Â Â Â It took almost two-and-a-half years for the case to go to trial, but it only took a Levy County jury two hours of deliberating to decide Bernie Serrano's fate.
Â Â Â Serrano was found guilty of all three charges that he faced, including first degree murder.
Â Â Â On January 5th, 2005, Jacob Langworthy was shot in the head, execution style during a home invasion robbery at his mobile home in Williston. Authorities say five teenagers, including Serrano, broke into Langworthy's home, but that it was Serrano whoÂ shot Langworthy. His four co-defendants pleadedÂ guilty to manslaughter charges last year, andÂ they are each serving ten years in prison.Â Each of them testified against Serrano this week in court.
Â Â Â Â During the trial this week, Serrano's defense attorney did not deny that Serrano shot Langworthy, but claimed it was an accident. TheÂ jury did not believe him.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Sentencing in the case will be delayed until June 21st because Â court investigators are now looking into Serrano's criminal record in his home state of New York.Â Because Serrano, who is now 19 years old, was a minor at the time of the crime, he is not eligible for the death penalty. The State Attorney's Office is asking thatÂ he be sentenced to life in prison.
ByÂ David Hamilton/WCJB TV 20Â NewsÂ
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