Florida’s death row gained another inmate last week, as 30-year-old Kenneth Jackson was officially sentenced to death for the 2007 murder of Cuc Thu Tran.
Tran, 50, was a mother of three and was last seen on a morning jog in September 2007. According to WTSP.com, “It was the last time she was seen alive. Firefighters found her body in a burning van 15 miles away along Bullfrog Court. Detectives said Tran was stabbed to death.”
The article continues: “During the investigation, detectives got a physical description of Jackson from a witness, who said he had been talking about the murder and knew details about Tran’s death. After he agreed to DNA analysis, investigators were able to link Jackson to evidence found on Tran.”
Jackson was found guilty in November 2012. During the punishment phase of the trial, his attorneys argued that he had a troubled childhood and should be spared the death penalty.
“The evidence that’s been presented to you in this matter does not justify a death penalty,” defense attorney Charles Traina said, according to a news report from Tampa Bay Online. “This was a horrible event. No doubt about that. It should be hard for me to come to you and ask you for a life recommendation, but it isn’t. I suggest that’s because of the enormous amount of information that indicates Kenneth Jackson never really had a chance to grow up any different than he grew up.”
However, after 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury recommended a death sentence on November 2, 2012. On Wednesday, Judge William Fuente agreed with their recommendation and sentenced Jackson to die by lethal injection.
At this time, Jackson is the 406th inmate on Florida’s death row.