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Fort Worth Man Receives Death Penalty

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CLEBURNE (AP) – A Fort Worth man who killed two people during an eight-day crime spree has been sentenced to death by a Johnson County jury.

The panel took only about an hour Friday before giving 30-year-old Mark Anthony Soliz the death penalty. Earlier this month, they deliberated just 10 minutes before finding him guilty of capital murder in the robbery and fatal shooting of 61-year-old Nancy Weatherly in her Godley home in June 2010.

During the monthlong trial, the jury also heard that before killing Weatherly, Soliz fatally shot 28-year-old Ben E. Keith deliveryman Ruben Martinez outside a Fort Worth convenience store.

The slayings were part of a crime spree that began June 22 and included thefts, burglaries, a carjacking and three other shootings.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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