Florida Supreme Court upholds death sentence in 'Craigslist Killer' case


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JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The Florida Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence in the so-called "Craigslist Killer" case.

David Kelsey Sparre of Waynesville, Georgia, was convicted in the July 2010 slaying of Tiara Pool, whom he'd met after responding to her Craigslist post seeking a male companion.

Sparre said he killed Pool, whose husband at the time was deployed at sea, just for the "rush."

At trial, Sparre refused attempts to submit evidence of his mental illness and drug abuse issues in his defense.

In an appeal, the 23-year-old's attorneys argued that the court had an obligation to consider those circumstances in imposing a death sentence.

The high court agreed that guidelines are needed for cases where defendants refuse a defense but disagreed that Sparre should be resentenced given his admission.

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