BARTOW – Jury votes in favor of death penalty for convicted McCloud


Jury recommends death for McCloud in home invasion

Robert “Bam” McCloud sat down in a chair.

He shook his head slightly as 12 jurors revealed Friday that a majority, 8-4, thought he should die. He wiped away a tear then let out a deep breath.

At trial, McCloud testified that he didn’t go along with the robbery crew and was later pressured by investigators to say he was present.

She mentioned that three accomplices took plea deals for punishments ranging from 10 years to 15 years in prison.

Meeks suggested one of the other men was the killer.

“The state wants you to recommend the death penalty for Bob McCloud,” she said. “That’s not justice. That’s not fair and impartial justice.”

Jurors spent about 2 1/2 hours deliberating before reaching a decision.

Earlier this week, the 30-year-old Apopka man was found guilty of participating in a 2009 home invasion robbery in Poinciana where two bystanders were fatally shot, execution-style, in the back of the head.

The same jury was asked to recommend an appropriate punishment: life imprisonment or execution.

Circuit Judge Donald Jacobsen must give their recommendation great weight.

The judge will review additional evidence and listen to more arguments at another hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.

Outside the courtroom, McCloud’s wife, Shawana, and his mother-in-law, Dora Norman, didn’t wish to comment and left the courthouse in tears.

Read more : News chief 


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