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Death Row inmate attacks lawyer after being sentenced to death

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The Florida man who was convicted of killing an 11-year-old girl and her babysitter more than thirty years ago will finally be put to death.

Joseph Zieler, 61, was sentenced shortly after he elbowed his own attorney in the face in the courtroom.

Zieler called over his attorney Kevin Shirley while appearing in court with his wrists shackled and flung his elbow up against his head as he leaned over to hear what he had to say.

Zieler was quickly tacked to the ground by two bailiffs who escorted him out of the courtroom.

“I had no idea he was going to do something like that,” Shirly told WINK-TV. “Obviously he’s been planning on that. But as he was going down, he said he was sorry he missed.”

Zieler was in jail on an unrelated assault charge in 2016 when authorities matched his DNA to the cold-case 1990 murders of 11-year-old Robin Cornell and 32-year-old Lisa Story.

Robin’s mother was out for the night and found the bodies of her daughter and babysitter when she returned to her Cape Coral apartment the next morning.

Last month, the same jury that previously convicted Zieler, recommended that he be sentenced to death after about five hours of deliberations.

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