Jury recommends death penalty for double murder
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A jury in the trial of a Texas man convicted of a double murder recommended that he receive the death penalty for the killings, according to Anne-Marie Braswell, a spokesperson with the Pima County Superior Court.
Carlson will be sentenced for two kidnapping charges next month.
Michael Carlson was found guilty on the charges last week.
Carlson was indicted in the case after he told a television reporter he had killed the couple and burned their bodies in trash pits.
The verdict and sentencing comes two months after Carlson confessed to the killings of a Marana couple that he had been living with on five acres of land near Tucson.
But his confession was never heard by jurors because it was thrown out by a judge in the case who didn't think Carlson fully understood his Miranda rights.
Court documents revealed that during Carlson's arrest deputies tried to read him his rights but Carlson interrupted saying that he already knew his rights.
Judge Christopher Browning later ruled that since Carlson failed to mention that he had a right to an attorney, he didn't fully understand his rights, and thus threw out Carlson's confession.