Jury recommends death in teacher’s killing

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — A jury has recommended death for a man convicted in the killing of a third-grade teacher.

The Anniston Star reports  that a jury voted 11-1 Wednesday to recommend that Nicholas Smith be executed. The 24-year-old was convicted about a week earlier in the kidnap, robbery and murder of elementary school teacher Kevin Thompson in April 2011.

During the trial, jurors heard testimony that Smith and two other men kidnapped the 29-year-old teacher from his Jacksonville apartment, drove him to several ATMs and took $400 from him at gunpoint. Thompson was stabbed to death, and his body was found alongside a highway.

The judge is set to sentence Smith on Sept. 3.

The other two men accused in the killing have yet to go to trial.

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Information from: The Anniston Star

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