Polk County man gets death sentence for fatal drug robbery


BARTOW, Fla. - A central Florida man has been sentenced to death for what authorities called a drug-related fatal home invasion.

Following a jury's recommendation, a Polk County judge sentenced 31-year-old Robert McCloud on Friday. McCloud was convicted in March of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges.

McCloud was one of several men charged in the October 2009 deaths of 26-year-old Tamiqa Taylor and 23-year-old Dustin Freeman. Another victim, 29-year-old Wilkins Merilan, survived being shot, and his 3-year-old daughter was also found at the Poinciana home.

Three others -- 42-year-old Andre Brown, 40-year-old Joshua Bryson and 28-year-old Jamal Brown -- previously pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for reduced sentences.