BARTOW, Fla. - A Polk County jury has found Leon Davis guilty of murdering two Lake Wales women during a robbery in 2007.
Davis murdered the two women during a robbery at a Lake Wales insurance office.
The jury of five men and seven women gathered around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, and deliberated for a little over three hours before returning the guilty plea.
Jurors agreed that Davis forced Yvonne Bustamante and her pregnant sister-in-law, Jane Luciano, into a restroom and then bound them with duct tape. Prosecutors say he then soaked them with gasoline and then set them on fire during a robbery attempt.
Both women later died, as did Luciano's prematurely born son.
At one point during the trial, Davis took the stand in his own defense.
He told the jury he was surprised to learn there was a manhunt underway for him.
He said he told his mother, "I hurt somebody?"
During closing arguments on Monday, Assistant State Attorney John Aguero told the jury, "If Leon Davis didn't do this, he would have said, 'What in the hell is going on? I didn't do anything."'
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
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