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Twice convicted of double murder, again sentenced to death in Broward

A Broward jury has again recommended the death penalty for a man whose first double murder conviction and death sentence were overturned on appeal.

Peter Avsenew was originally convicted in 2017 of the 2010 murders of Kevin Powell, 52, and Stephen Adams, 47, at Wilton Manors.

The 12 jurors recommended, on October 11, the death penalty for Avsenew.


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Pierre Avsenew

Broward Circuit Judge Marin Fein will sentence Avsenew at an upcoming hearing. It is rare for a judge to go against a jury’s recommendation.

At the retrial in June, it took jurors less than five hours over two days to reach a verdict.

Avsenew was convicted of multiple counts, including two first-degree murders, robbery with a firearm, credit card fraud, and grand auto theft.

Evidence included Avsenew living with the victims, shopping with their credit cards and “abandoning” their car at a Walmart in Haines City where her mother lives.

Avsenew, now 37, met the pair through a personal advertisement on Craigslist looking for an older, established male partner who could “take care of him”.

Powell and Adams took him to their Wilton Manors home in 2010.

Their “brutally” beaten and bullet-riddled bodies were discovered just before Christmas. Their car and credit cards were missing, according to the evidence.

The Florida Supreme Court overturned the 2017 conviction in part because Avsenew’s deceased mother testified against him via video monitor and judges found he was unable to face his accuser in nobody.

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