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Jury recommends death for Oakland killer

Posted: August 2, 2012 4:00 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2012 4:00 a.m.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Alameda County jury has recommended the death penalty for a 38-year-old Oakland man convicted of murdering three people seven years ago.

Jurors decided Wednesday that David Mills deserved to be executed for gunning down two men and a woman while they were parked outside the home of Mills' father.

Superior Court Judge Joseph Hurley will have to decide whether to accept the jury's verdict when he sentences Mills on Nov. 2.

According to arguments presented during the penalty phase of Mills' 11-week trial, he shot 28-year-old James Martin, 36-year-old Dale Griffin and 22-year-old Rebecca Martinez during a dispute over a gun.

Prosecutor Jim Meehan told jurors that Mills had squandered an opportunity to turn his life around after he was offered an involuntary manslaughter plea deal in connection with an earlier slaying.


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