Prostitute found guilty of killing gay couple in 2010

A self-proclaimed prostitute was found guilty Thursday in the 2010 killing of two men he met on Craigslist.

Peter Avsenew was convicted of armed robbery and first-degree murder in the deaths of Kevin Adams and Steven Powell.

Jurors spent hours Wednesday listening to testimony from Avsenew's mother and re-watching surveillance video of the three men shopping for a security system at Brandsmart USA.

The couple was found shot to death and wrapped in blankets in their Wilton Manors home in December 2010.

Avsenew, a 32-year-old self-admitted prostitute, placed an advertisement on Craigslist and moved in with the couple weeks before their deaths.

The prosecution claimed during trial that Avsenew used the couple's credit cards and was found in possession of their car. The defense claims Avsenew found them dead.

"He takes their car and flees because he can't call the police and report this brutal, horrific double homicide because he posted a Craigslist ad and was living with them," prosecutor Shari Tate told jurors during her closing arguments Tuesday. "Is that reasonable? No."

Tate reminded the jury that, of all the evidence and testimony presented during trial, perhaps the most convincing witness was Avsenew's mother.

"His mother knew what he did, and his mother had to turn him in," Tate said.

Defense attorney Gabe Ermine argued that Avsenew knew the couple, discovered their bodies and fled, but he said there isn't enough evidence to prove that his client killed them.

"This is my opportunity to get up and discuss to you the evidence, the conflicts in the evidence, the lack of evidence," Ermine told jurors.

The jury was sequestered during deliberations.

Avsenew faces the death penalty.

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