A Miami man should be executed for the savage stabbing of an elderly Little Havana woman in December 2000, a jury decided Monday night.
By a 7-5 vote, jurors recommended that Victor Guzman be executed for the slaying of 80-year-old Severina Dolores Fernandez. In September, the same jury convicted Guzman of first-degree murder.
Using a DNA match, police linked Guzman, 39, to the slaying of Fernandez, discovered naked and stabbed 58 times in her Little Havana apartment.
Ultimately, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy will sentence Guzman at a later date.
Prosecutors urged the death penalty for Guzman because of the “heinous, atrocious and cruel” nature of the crime, plus an earlier sexual attack on a 12-year-old girl. His defense lawyers asked for life in prison, saying Guzman was an alcoholic who had a stormy upbringing in his native Peru.