Nathan Burris Receives Death Penalty in Double Homicide on Bridge

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:25:36 -0800

MARTINEZ (AP)--Nathan Burris will die for his crimes after receiving a death sentence  by a Contra Costa jury for killing his former girlfriend and another man.

Before reaching their decision on Tuesday, the same jury had convicted the 49-year-old Burris earlier this month of first-degree murder and special circumstances.

Burris admitted to fatally shooting Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll collector Deborah Ross and her friend, Ersie Everette III, at the bridge's toll plaza in 2009.

Prosecutors say Burris thought Ross and Everette, a bus driver with Golden Gate Transit, were romantically involved. Burris had previously been in a relationship with Ross.

Burris represented himself during his trial and told jurors that the slayings were justified.

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