Posted: Nov 20, 2012 3:37 PM by Associated Press
A Contra Costa County jury has handed down the death penalty for the man convicted of killing two people at a San Francisco Bay area toll plaza.
The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/10oSXjD ) that jurors deliberated for two days before determining that Nathan Burris should be put to death.
Before reaching their decision on Tuesday, the same jury had convicted the 49-year-old Burris earlier this month of first-degree murder and special circumstances.
Burris admitted to fatally shooting Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll collector Deborah Ross and her friend, Ersie Everette III, at the bridge's toll plaza in 2009.
Prosecutors say Burris thought Ross and Everette, a bus driver with Golden Gate Transit, were romantically involved. Burris had previously been in a relationship with Ross.
Burris represented himself during his trial and told jurors that the slayings were justified.
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