Jury recommends death in 2004 murder

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kim Jackson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury has recommended the death penalty for a 43-year-old Jacksonville man convicted in a 2004 murder.

The jury voted 8-4 that Kim Jackson be sentenced to death for killing Debra Pearce. Last week, Jackson was convicted by the same jury on a first-degree murder charge.

While the jury has recommended the death penalty for Jackson, Judge James Daniel will make the final decision on his sentence. The next hearing in the sentencing phase is June 11.

In October 2004, Jackson slashed Pearce's throat and stabbed the 49-year-old in the chest at her Bennington Drive home.

The crime went unsolved until 2007, when a DNA test on evidence matched Jackson.

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