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Ga. killer sentenced to death in beheading murder

By Web Staff – email

TALLAHASSEE, FL – A jury has unanimously recommended the death penalty for a drifter already serving a life sentence in Georgia.

It took the jury an hour before reaching its recommendation to condemn 64-year-old Gary Hilton, who they found guilty last week of killing a Florida nurse.

Hilton was already charged with the January 2008 slaying in Georgia of hiker Meredith Emerson.

The headless bodies of the women were found in forests where Hilton had camped.

It is now up to the judge on whether to follow the jury's recommendation.

A sentencing date has not been set. 

Hilton may also face charges in the murders of two hikers in North Carolina in 2008.

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