BAY COUNTY, Fla - A local judge has ruled that the man accused of killing a retired Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer may be sentenced to death
Prosecutors say Zachary Taylor Woods and Dillon Scott Rafsky killed 66-year-old James Shores in April of 2014.
Rafsky has not yet faced his trial because he was originally deemed incompetent to stand trial. However, he has now been declared competent and now, according to a new ruling from Circuit Judge Christopher Patterson, could face the death penalty if he is convicted .
Rafsky's attorney petitioned the court to take the death penalty off the table and called for a speedy trial because Florida's death penalty was deemed unconstitutional at both the state and federal level.
Rafsky's codefendant was taken to trial, convicted and sentenced to death. However, Woods' sentence was recently overturned by Florida's Supreme Court and was sent back to the trial court for re-sentencing.
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