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Second jury says killer should die

A second jury has recommended a death sentence for a hired killer who was 17 when he murdered the wrong man in a case of mistaken identity.

The Florida Supreme Court last year ruled that James Patrick Bonifay, 20, should have another sentencing hearing to decide whether the crime was "sufficiently heinous, atrocious and cruel" to merit death in Florida's electric chair.

A jury Wednesday recommended on a 10-2 vote that execution is warranted for the shooting death Jan. 26, 1991, of Pensacola auto parts store clerk Billy Wayne Coker, 36, during what was intended to look like a robbery.

Coker was shot twice in the head while begging for mercy, witnesses testified. He came to work at the Trout Auto Parts store in place of manager Daniel Wells, the intended victim, who had called in sick.

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