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Florida Man Sentenced to Death for Killing Gay Couple in Wilton Manors

A Florida man, who described gay people as a “disgrace,” has been given the death penalty for murdering a gay couple he met on Craigslist back in 2010.

Peter Avsenew, who described gay people as a “disgrace,” was convicted last year of murdering Kevin Adams and Steven Powell (pictured above) at their home in Wilton Manors.  Adams and Powell were found shot dead and wrapped in blankets the day after Christmas in 2010.

Avsenew, a male sex worker, met the couple after he placed an ad on Craigslist. He moved in with the couple of weeks before their deaths.

The prosecution alleged that Avsenew was found with the couple’s car, an SUV, adding that he had used their credit cards.

Avsenew’s mother turned him in to police after he arrived at her home in central Florida unexpectedly and then made suspicious comments to her.

She also testified against him in court.

Avsenew  who showed no remorse over the murders, sent a hand-written letter to Broward County Judge Ilona Holmes, following his conviction.

The letter read:

“It is my duty as a white man to cull the weak and timid from existence. I will always stand up for what I believe in and eradicate anything in my way. Homosexuals are a disgrace to mankind and must be put down. These weren’t the first and won’t be the last.”

The date of execution has not yet been set. 

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Will Kohler

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