JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 9 (UPI) -- A Florida jury has convicted reputed serial killer Paul Durousseau in the 1999 rape and murder of one of his seven alleged victims.
Durosseuau was found guilty in Jacksonville Friday night in the slaying of Tyresa Mack and will return to court June 26 for the penalty phase of the trial, which could land the former cab driver on death row.
Durosseau was arrested in 2003 for the alleged murders of two women who were part of a string of five deaths in Jacksonville during a two-month period in 2002 and 2003. The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville said he was linked to Mack's strangulation death through DNA evidence in August 2003.
Although witnesses placed the defendant near Mack's apartment on the day of her death, the defense argued the investigation was sloppy and that evidence had been fabricated.
The newspaper said Durousseau, 36, showed no emotion when the verdict was announced. He will be tried later for the other six killings.