Resentencing ordered in Milton murder case

Resentencing ordered in Milton murder case

A Milton man will have to get a new sentencing after the Florida's Supreme Court reversed his death penalty decision.

Michael Hernandez was convicted in 2007 for the murder of 67-year-old Ruth Everett. He did not have a unanimous jury recommendation for the death penalty when he was sentenced.

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled a unanimous recommendation is required. Hernandez and other convicts are petitioning for new sentences.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office found Everett dead in her Skyline Drive home in 2004. She was strangled and her throat had been slashed.

Both Hernandez and Christopher Arnold were charged in her murder. Arnold pleaded no contest to the crime in 2006. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Hernandez was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to the death penalty.

One of the investigators at the time, Henry Shira, said that scene is hard to forget.

"They had gone through and ransacked the house, took her debit card and tried to get money; which is the stupidity of those kinds of people because we have all the electronic means to find them. That could have been anybody's mother, they didn't care. It could have been anybody's daughter," Shira explained.

Shira does not agree with the Supreme Courts decision and believes it's a waste of taxpayer money.

"He got a fair trial, I don't know what appeals he filed. He has a right to appeal all of those. The end results was he was sentenced to death. Why should we regurgitate it? We pay for that," Shira said.

There are still several steps that need to take place before a new sentencing date can be set.

Stick with Channel 3 News for any developments in this case.

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