Jury deliberates in local death penalty case

Jury deliberates in local death penalty case

Francois Cunningham

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Posted on February 24, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 1:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A jury in Louisville continues deliberations in the death penalty trial of a former high school football standout.

Francois Cunningham is charged with murder and evidence tampering in the October 2005 killings of 28-year-old Trevor Alexander and 24-year-old Tykea Sanderson.

The victims' bodies were found in Fern Creek Park, where they had been set on fire.

Prosecutors want the death penalty if the 31-year-old Cunningham is convicted.

The assistant commonwealth's attorney Ryane Conroy told jurors the victims were shot to death as they tried to buy drugs from Cunningham.

Defense attorney Frank Mascagni argued that Cunningham was afraid for his own life because he had known Alexander.

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(WHAS11) - The trial is now underway in a 2005 double murder case in Louisville.

Francois Cunningham is charged in the deaths of Trevor Alexander and Tykea Sanderson.

They were found shot to death and their vehicle set on fire in a Fern Creek park.

Investigators suspect it was tied to a drug deal.

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