Fla. jury convicts man in professor's slaying

Published On: May 09 2012 12:36:37 PM EDT

A South Florida man is facing the death penalty after a jury convicted him of killing a Nova Southeastern University professor.

Jurors in Fort Lauderdale deliberated a little over five hours before returning guilty verdicts Wednesday against 45-year-old Randy Tundidor Sr. in the killing of professor Joseph Morrissey in April 2010. Morrissey was Tundidor's landlord and was stabbed to death after a break-in at his home.

The South Florida SunSentinel reports that Tundidor was also convicted of attempted murder, armed burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping and arson.

Tundidor's two sons and Morrissey's widow testified against him. One of Tundidor's sons pleaded guilty to taking part in the crime in exchange for a maximum life sentence.

Jurors will decide later whether to send Tundidor to Florida's death row.


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