• Jury recommends life in prison for man convicted of kidnapping, killing Winter Park nanny

    By: Sarah Wilson , Field Sutton

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    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - After days of deliberation, jurors reached a verdict in the penalty phase of a man convicted of killing a Winter Park nanny.

    The jury recommended life in prison for Scott Nelson Thursday evening, who was convicted of killing Jennifer Fulford.

    Nelson told the jury earlier in the week that he wished to be executed.

    A juror told Channel 9 that she believed the decision came down to one juror who refused to vote for death and could never explain why.

    "This was not in reaction to him saying on the stand that he wanted to be executed," the juror told Channel 9 in a phone conversation.

    Questions about Nelson's mental health seemed to dominate the jury's deliberations, indicated by notes passed to the judge.

    Nelson claimed Fulford was "collateral damage" after he said she witnessed him breaking into a family's home in Winter Park that she worked for. 

    Fulford was later reported missing on September 27, 2017 after her boss received a call that she never arrived to pick up his son from school. An Orange County Sheriff's Office helicopter located Fulford's body in the woods three days after she was reported missing, where a medical examiner said she had been stabbed repeatedly and suffocated, with her arms bound behind her back with zip ties. 

    Nelson was arrested two days later.

     

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    Jurors continued to deliberate Thursday between recommending a sentence of life in prison or the death penalty for a man convicted of killing a Winter Park nanny.

    Two weeks ago, Scott Nelson was convicted of kidnapping and killing Jennifer Fulford in 2017.

    Prosecutors claimed in court Wednesday that Nelson murdered Fulford because he wanted to end up in the courtroom on the witness stand.

    Throughout the trial, Nelson has made shocking statements on the stand from confessing to the murder to declaring himself a “homicidal maniac.”

    Defense attorneys have mounted their case against giving Nelson the death penalty by calling their own client a liar.

    They want the jury to believe Nelson was making Fulford's murder sound worse than it was when he confessed.

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