Florida Supreme Court upholds death sentences for Terry Smith

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Supreme Court of Florida upheld the convictions and sentences of Terry Antonio Smith.

Smith, 25, was found guilty in 2011 of three counts of murder in the first degree 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 19-years-old at the time, went to a home to purchase drugs from Gibson and Robinson. When Smith entered the home, he pulled a 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.

Prior to the deadly shootings Smith served time for charges of driving without a license, reckless driving and cocaine possession.


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