TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Supreme Court is upholding a death sentence against a Jacksonville man convicted of killing his estranged wife at the Paradise Island apartments in August 2009.
A Duval County jury found Lesly Jean-Philippe guilty of first-degree murder in 2011.
The high court on Thursday rejected arguments that evidence -- including text messages from Jean-Philippe to his wife -- should not have been considered by the jury. The justices also rejected arguments that he did not deserve the death penalty.
Authorities say Jean-Philippe had been staying with family in Rhode Island, trying to clear his head, when he decided to return to Jacksonville to confront his wife, Elkie Jean-Philippe.
Prosecutors said the killer when to his apartment of his estranged wife's sister -- where she was staying. When they answered the door for who they thought was a pizza delivery man, Lesly Jean-Philippe forced his way in and struck the victim's sister on the head with a tire iron. Prosecutors said he then attacked his wife and killed her.
Medical examiners found a total of 52 cuts on the wife's body.
Copyright 2013 by News4Jax.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.