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Judge seals jury's penalty decision in Marine murder case

Jun. 15, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — Riverside County jurors have reached a decision on whether one of three Camp Pendleton Marines should get the death penalty for murdering a fellow serviceman and his wife.

The District Attorney’s office said the judge on Friday immediately sealed the verdict for 25-year-old Kevin Cox until a second jury in the case reaches its decision regarding two other men also convicted of the 2008 murders.

Earlier this month jurors returned guilty verdicts on first-degree murder counts for Cox and two other former Marines, 23-year-old Emrys John and 25-year-old Tyrone Miller.

Prosecutors said the three men went to the home of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak to rob him. While there they physically assaulted him and sexually assaulted his wife before killing the couple.

A fourth former Marine, Kesaun Sykes, is awaiting a separate trial in the case.

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