Florida man sentenced to death after being convicted of retired game warden's murder


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CHIPLEY, Florida — A Florida man has been sentenced to death for his role in the death of a retired game warden. The death sentence is the first in a Washington County courtroom in modern judicial history.

The Panama City News Herald (http://bit.ly/1bOOkd2 ) reports Zachary Taylor Wood was sentenced Tuesday. A jury recommended death for Wood in February after finding him guilty of first-degree murder and robbery in the death of 66-year-old James "Coon" Shores. Shores was shot to death execution-style on his property in April 2014 after he found Wood and Dillon Rafsky on his family land after a burglary. Prosecutors said the men beat, bound and shot Shores before attempting to set him on fire.

Wood's family says he was a victim and in an abusive romantic relationship with Rafsky.

Information from: The (Panama City, Florida) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com

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