Death penalty for Bay Area bridge toll collector killer

4:42 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) - A Contra Costa County jury has handed down the death penalty for the man convicted of killing two people at a San Francisco Bay area toll plaza. 

The Contra Costa Times reports that jurors deliberated for two days before determining that Nathan Burris should be put to death.  

Before reaching their decision on Tuesday, the same jury had convicted the 49-year-old Burris earlier this month of first-degree murder and special circumstances. 

Burris admitted to fatally shooting Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll collector Deborah Ross and her friend, Ersie Everette III, at the bridge's toll plaza in 2009. 

Prosecutors say Burris thought Ross and Everette, a bus driver with Golden Gate Transit, were romantically involved. Burris had previously been in a relationship with Ross.  

Burris represented himself during his trial and told jurors that the slayings were justified.






The Associated Press

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