During a pretrial hearing on murder charges, a South Florida defendant made national news when he escaped by bursting out of the courtroom.
He has now been found guilty of the murder.A South Florida jury has convicted Dayonte Resiles, 27, of first-degree murder in the 2014 stabbing death of Jill Halliburton Su at her suburban Fort Lauderdale home.
Resiles’ DNA was found in the home and linked to his involvement during the burglary. She was bound at the hands and feet and forced to soak in a bathtub.
Resiles will now be put to the test by the jury to determine whether he should be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole.In 2016, Resiles unlocked his shackles and ran from a court hearing, escaping down the courthouse stairs to an awaiting car.
After a six-day manhunt, he was recaptured.He again attracted national attention in December when his first trial for killing Su ended in an unusual mistrial.
The jury had announced that it had convicted him of manslaughter, but the jury forewoman then said she disagreed with the verdict. Apparently, she believes he was responsible for the murder.