• Penalty phase begins in trial of man convicted of killing ex-girlfriend's teen daughter

    By: Jason Kelly

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - On Monday, the penalty phase began in the trial of an Orange County man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's 16-year-old daughter.

    In February, Sanel Saint Simon was convicted of kidnapping Alexandria Chery, killing her and dumping her body in the woods.

    Read: Attorneys want convicted murderer’s family to testify about abuse during sentencing

    Her body was discovered in July 2014 off a road near the Osceola-Polk county line.

    Peter Saint Fleur, Chery's cousin, said Monday that he loved her like a sister.

    "Alex and I grew up close, like a sister and brother would, with a lot of similarities," he said. "We would both bring a big smile where we went and always carry a happy attitude."

    Saint Simon faces the death penalty.

    Read: Sanel Saint Simon: Jury reaches guilty verdict in trial for man accused in teen's killing

    The death penalty requires a unanimous vote. Without that, Saint Simon will spend life in prison.

    Watch Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4 to learn what else happens in court.

    Read: Testimony begins in trial of Orange County man accused of killing girlfriend's daughter

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