Jury suggests death penalty for Alabama man convicted in death of son, daughter

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MOBILE, Alabama — A jury has recommended the death penalty for a man who was convicted in the deaths of his two young children.

Jurors in Mobile County, Alabama voted 10-2 on the sentence for John DeBlase and Circuit Judge Rick Stout has set his sentencing for Dec. 11.

DeBlase was convicted last week of capital murder in the deaths of his 4-year-old daughter Natalie and his 3-year-old son Chase. Investigators have said the children were strangled and their bodies were buried near Citronelle, Alabama and Vancleave, Mississippi.

DeBlase and his common-law wife Heather Keaton have each blamed each other for the children's deaths.

Keaton has also been charged in the case and is expected to go to trial at a later date.

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