Mark Lorenzo Squires
Facts of the Crime:
Convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 for the murder of John Scott Alligood, who died from complications stemming from being shot in the chest during a January 18, 1998 robbery. On July 27, 1998, defendant Mark Lorenzo Squires was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Randy House and Erick Keech. Defendant was tried capitally and was found guilty on both counts of first-degree murder. For the murder of House, defendant's conviction was based on premeditation and deliberation and felony murder with the sale of cocaine as the underlying felony. For the murder of Keech, defendant's conviction was based solely on felony murder with both the sale of cocaine and House's murder as theunderlying felonies. Following a capital sentencing proceeding, the jury recommended that defendant be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for House's murder and to death for Keech's murder.