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Judge Sentences Murderer to Death

David Ray TaylorEUGENE, Ore. — A Lane County judge officially handed down the death penalty sentence to David Ray Taylor Tuesday morning.

Jurors in the murder trial recommended death for Taylor on May 15, after convicting him of three counts of aggravated murder and one count of intentional murder, for the murder of 22-year-old Celestino Guiterrez.

Investigators say in 2012, Taylor and two accomplices lured Gutierrez from a bar and tortured and killed him so they could steal his car for a bank robbery.

The jury stated Taylor should be put to death because he is a continuing threat to society.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for continuing coverage of the case including reaction from inside the courtroom.

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