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Man sentenced to death for 2006 Clearwater murders granted new sentencing

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Richard Robards, condemned to death row in 2010 for the murders of a Clearwater couple, was granted a resentencing by the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday.

Robards, 49, will be resentenced in light of a recent ruling by the state's highest court that juries in death penalty cases must be unanimous. The jury in Robards' sentencing recommended the death penalty with a 7-5 vote.

Robards, a title-winning bodybuilder, worked as a personal trainer for Linda and Frank Deluca, and had learned they stored thousands of dollars at home.

In 2006, he stabbed the couple, but never managed to open the safe containing the cash.

During his sentencing in 2010, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph A. Bulone said Robards had "forfeited his right to live."

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